Cardinal Dolan: Gay Rights Are Not A "chic cause"
  • Petitioned Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Archdiocese of New York, Catechetical Office
Sister Joan Curtin
Catholic New York
Cardinal-Elect, Archbishop of New York, USCCB President
Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan: Gay Rights Are Not A "chic cause"

    1. Charles Martin
    2. Petition by

      Charles Martin

      New York, NY

In his Blog today, Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan posted an article called "The True Meaning of Marriage" http://blog.archny.org/?p=1247

Archbishop Dolan is an outspoken critic of marriage equality in New York, and he is more than entitled to those opinions. Nevertheless, one of the primary statements of the article was:

Please, not [marriage equality] here [in New York]!  We cherish true freedom, not as the license to do whatever we want, but the liberty to do what we ought; we acknowledge that not every desire, urge, want, or chic cause is automatically a “right.”  And, what about other rights, like that of a child to be raised in a family with a mom and a dad?

We are all entitled to our own opinions. Nevertheless, Archbishop Dolan misrepresents Christians and Catholics who support the civil rights of the LGBT community. Furthermore, this comment publicly claims that LGBT rights are not a longstanding or legitimate cause. If the Archbishop's exact words were made about the civil rights of any other group, they would have been considered offensive. Why should this be any different?

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. 60 Minutes Interview

      Charles Martin
      Petition Organizer

      "[Cardinal Dolan] dismisses change, and all attempts at change, to catering to public opinion. He can be very eloquent, but in the end it's a brick wall. You shall not pass." - Morley Safer

    3. Joseph Amodeo Quits Catholic Charities Board Over Cardinal Dolan's Stance

      Charles Martin
      Petition Organizer

      Openly gay board member of Catholic Charities felt the need to quit his job, because Cardinal Dolan refuses to support homeless youth who are LGBTQ, via the Ali Forney Center.

      All the more reason that this prelate, as leader of all USA RC Bishops should reach out to the LGBTQ community and not distance himself from it.

    4. Petition Re-Opened

      Charles Martin
      Petition Organizer

      It has been released that Archbishop Dolan, still President of the US Bishops, has been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as a Cardinal.

      This indicates a horrifying level of LGBT-related ignorance in the Catholic hierarchy

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Marriage Equality Act Passes NY Senate

      Charles Martin
      Petition Organizer

      Catholic lawmakers including Gov. Cuomo supported marriage equality in the State of New York.

      Gay rights are not a chic cause for them...

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Kyler Donlan HARWICH, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Gay people can have faith also.

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    • Nikkole Nethery ST AMANT, LA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a Christian that supports Gay Rights. The Bible says many things that people don't follow because it would interfere with their daily lives. However it is said that GOD loves all of us and proven that Jesus was for equal rights. Top that by saying that the Lord tells us to LOVE each other and be humble and kind; not to discriminate or hate. If we actually read the Bible and realize that it is a guide and test not a rule book, the only true rules are the 10 commandments and in them their is NOTHING that states anything about homosexuality. Closed minds are also blind eyes who cannot truly understand what it is that God wants from his children, they have only hurt God and made him out to be a unforgiving monster that they use to justify their hate.

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    • Reebeca Canmouise ASBURY, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Please let us at once cease this despicably heartless, mindless, ruthless, dreadfully unfair discrimination and cruelty!

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    • Nancy Harradine ATHENS, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Our Church is being undermined just as our country. If we want to remain Roman Catholic we must defend the church. ESP NY, the north country is going under. Press on

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    • Anthony Manoli W COXSACKIE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The Cardinal is very right. This has nothing to do with what one believes. It has to do with the truth. Why would God create a relation between persons that is fruitless. The only reason for sex is procreation. God could have made us on an assembly line if he wanted to; but he chose sex to make us more involved in his creation, and give us more joy and happiness; as you well know nothing can equal sex for this.

      Imagine we were all homosexuals, how would we populate the world? But without homosexuality, the world will go just fine, and may be better. Sex' only function is procreation. There is no system in the body that is functionless, and homosexuality is. Can you imagine a heart that would not pump blood, a lung that does not breathe, a stomach that does not digest? They are incompatible with life. How about sex that is useless. God could not have created a useless organ . Nothing is useless in nature.

      And the Bible calls it an abomination, whether we like it or not. Give God the credit of his wisdom, and listen to your mother the Church. Who am I to decide what is right or what is wrong? Cardinal Dolan knows what is right. Please do not split the Church a second time around! Lord help us.

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