Statement of the USCCB on President Obama’s Remarks On Marriage

I would like to share with you the following press release that was issued yesterday by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on President Obama’s Remarks On Marriage.

CARDINAL DOLAN: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REMARKS ON MARRIAGE ‘DEEPLY SADDENING’

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement:

President Obama’s comments today in support of the redefinition of marriage are deeply saddening. As I stated in my public letter to the President on September 20, 2011, the Catholic Bishops stand ready to affirm every positive measure taken by the President and the Administration to strengthen marriage and the family. However, we cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society. The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better. Unfortunately, President Obama’s words today are not surprising since they follow upon various actions already taken by his Administration that erode or ignore the unique meaning of marriage. I pray for the President every day, and will continue to pray that he and his Administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. May we all work to promote and protect marriage and by so doing serve the true good of all persons.

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64 Responses to “Statement of the USCCB on President Obama’s Remarks On Marriage”

  1. Paul Starkey says:

    Thank you and all of the U.S. Bishops for your Catholic witness and leadership for “the true good.”

  2. Cyril Delencre says:

    May God bless President Obama with the Holy Spirit, AMEN!

  3. Eric O. says:

    With all due respect, and I grew up in, and love the Church, it’s reasons like this why I have left it several years ago. Except for weddings, funerals, etc., I will not return until they take a more forceful stand against (supposed) “Catholic” politicians like VP Biden, Sen. Kerry, Rep. Pelosi, the Kennedys, et al. If it takes excommunication, so be it, but the Church seems to be standing idly by while they make a mockery of our faith. They’re letting the inmates run the proverbial asylum. They need to take a stand and do what’s right. The time for action is now! Actually, it’s way past due. Thank you. Take care & God bless.

  4. Brad C says:

    Your Eminence, what do you believe the future of this issue is in the U.S.? It seems to be gaining popularity, and it is inevitable that the country will eventually accept same-sex marriage. As the decade ensues the percent accepting it as the norm will increase dramatically. What will the Church do should it become the national norm, legal and accepted?

  5. Eric O. says:

    PS-The same goes for those who are pro-choice on the abortion issue.

  6. I appreciate your comments, everyone is entitled to their opinion, that is one of the things I love about our country. We are allowed to voice our opinion. On the other hand, how do you justify the fact that you believe you are right in your opinion. Times have changed dramatically in the world. The times when the bible was written, the people and the Lord didn’t know about such things so how do you know what he would have thought of same sex marriages. The times were so different right down to the length of the hours, minutes, etc. Until you yourself have spoken to the Lord and he has spoken back to you, you really cannot express what the Lord thy God would say about the issues of today. I would be very willing to hear what the Lord thy God would say and very interested in it also. I really think the President is doing a great job of being fair to the people of the country, and I also think the Lord would have been just as fair if he were in this time period also. Thank you for listening to my opinions.
    Your Eminence,
    Sincerely,
    Sharon Rainey

  7. VIVIAN CUADRAS says:

    “Then the Lord said: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out.”

    “If I FIND fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

    WAKE UP AMERICA – THE VISITATION COULD COME SOONER THAN YOU THINK!

  8. Nate Wood says:

    As i understand it…

    Divine judgment by Yahweh passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah along with two other neighboring cities that were completely consumed by fire and brimstone.

    One man, one woman. No he & he and no she & she? It is not normal!

    We should not support acts of sin. Nasty acts of sin.

  9. Nate Wood says:

    I stand behind Cardinal Dolan and I stand along side of him. We need men, and women, to stand-up and state that we do not agree with men marrying men, nor women marrying woman.

  10. bill Crew says:

    Is this same “institution” that has a divorce rate of about 50%? The same “institution” in which one out of four wives are battered? The same “institution” and “cornerstone” that the Church will give annulments to those with enough money?
    It is way past time for the Church to stop with all of the hypocrisy. Marriage between people of the same sex does NOT harm the”Institution.” I await one credible statement that would outline precisely how such marriages are harmful to the “institution.” Without that, your words are empty and meaningless.

    FYI – I am a straight Catholic who is barely hanging on in a Church that would rather go after gays and nuns than to really clean up its house.

  11. MaryG says:

    I too am saddened — for the many, many Catholic souls that are being lost to the fires of hell over the evil spewing from the White House. I trust that as we close in on November, you will soon put on your Shepherd hat and address the confused flock. There are weapons that kill wolves. We have them. We can vote and we can pray. And with those weapons we will deliver our Church (and our country) from the darkness that has fallen over our land. We can vote and we can pray. God help us if we do not use both. God help us and save us.

  12. Ann Marie Barry says:

    Cardinal Dolan, doesn’t the Bible state, “We are all made in God’s image”? “We all are God’s children”? If so, don’t you think God would approve that all his children are treated equally? Also, would you not agree that divorce is the one thing that hurts families the most?

  13. Matt Faust says:

    What a shame to be so backwards yet so arrogant. You as a bunch bachelors know anything about marriage. No wonder people are being driven away from the Catholic Church.

  14. Mark Wagenaar says:

    I thank you for your moral and spiritual leadership, Cardinal Dolan. It’s appreciated.

  15. kris says:

    @ Nate Wood: Do you sin? Aren’t you sins nasty? Please keep in mind that unless you are in someone’s bedrooms, you have no idea that they are or are not sinning, no matter what their orientation is. A married heterosexual couple could be in more sin than any homosexual couple, we will never know an individual’s/couple’s hearts unless they flat out admit to sinning to us, which they don’t have to.

    Anyone: In the context of government, separate from Church, there really is not a reason to stop any “marriage”…but within the context of the Church, where it is clearly the teaching that marriage is both uniting and procreative, that limits those who can enter into it together. The difference lies in how we define love and joy. If you define love as being happy because you are getting what you need out of something, a relationship (again, no matter the orientation) is going to lead to sin eventually. If you truly want to lead the other person to holiness, and help them to avoid sin, you love them in a selfless way, sin will rarely come from that. If sexual acts outside of marriage is sinful, and your relationship can never fit into what marriage is, in it’s simple essence, then it’s pretty clear what lines should/shouldn’t be crossed. The Church does not base it’s teaching on popular opinion or what some countries make legal.

  16. Sarah B. says:

    When men and women follow the fullness of the Church’s teaching on married life, including refraining from engaging in contracepted sexual acts, the divorce rate is almost zero. Attacking the Church for supporting traditional marriage when many marriages are riddled with abuse, adultery, and divorce is a false argument – the Church provides all kinds of resources and helpful direction for married and engaged couples. To point to failed marriages where the parties involved ignored Church teaching is to ignore the issue at hand and really to put a color on the Church that is not truly there. The Bible is far from silent on the issue of marriage. Old and New Testament contain instruction saying that man should not lie with man as with a woman, and people of the same gender should not burn with lust for one another. Jesus also speaks out against divorce. Repeating God’s natural laws is not the same as “discrimination” or “hatred.” People with sexual inclinations towards those of their own gender are no less loved or valued. But the definition of marriage as created by God remains the same. God’s plans are right for EVERYONE whether they realize it or not. It would be supremely unloving to guide people away from God’s plans for them by lying to them about God’s intention for their lives. This is a false charity based on sentimentality.

  17. Irwin says:

    I stand 100% WITH the Church and Archbishop Dolan!!! The Faithful must forcefully reject these abominations. Keep The Faith!

  18. Alison says:

    Cardinal Timothy – I agree with you. I pray for you and will continue to pray for our nation and President Obama.

    It is discouraging that we are not permitted to believe as we like, but others insist we ‘accept’ and ‘tolerate’ when we do not get afforded the same courtesy.

  19. Mary Liz says:

    What I hear from Eric O & Matt is that we are either not strict enough to call out other Catholics to conduct themselves to the teachings of Christ or that Christ’s teachings on marriage don’t matter because they are backwards? I think both of you could use some RCIA/CCD/ Catholic Faith Formation classes. The Church is not backwards, society is. “calling what is evil good, and what is good evil.” The Church has always been advocating heterosexual marriage since the beginning. “Adam and Eve” Male & Female, St. Paul’s Letters (Ephesians Chapter 5) are very clear as well as Christ in Matthew Chapter 19: Vs 4 – 6, I tell you this, the Authority of the Magisterium comes Christ Jesus himself. And nothing the president says is going to change what the Church professes in Christ Jesus. Jesus is married to the Church, and vice versa. The Religious marry Christ Jesus. So they know a whole heck of a lot of the Sacramental meaning of Marriage from their vows in Holy Orders. Faithfulness, Loving unconditionally, Forgiveness, it’s intertwined with every Marriage. If you claim Priests don’t know what marriage is because they’ve never had a Marriage you obviously don’t get it. They are married to their vocation to serve God in celibacy. No matter what a person feels about another person, acting on lust will never justify the action. Gay sex is a lustful act, just as any other act of fornication. So I pray for you Matt that you learn not to make declarations of the Backwardness of the Church, because they are transcendent of TIME and Social Issues, timeless, defying human understanding for over 2000 years, surviving plagues, Schisms, wars, political persecution, scandal, poor faith formation, closing parishes, etc. etc. etc. The Church will survive this too. Because it’s not about power, or political platforms, it is about Love of Neighbor (AGAPE LOVE not EROS) Learn the greek translation of the words of the Bible and it becomes clearer that we Americans need to delve deeper into the true meaning of Christ’s teaching. It’s not our place to JUDGE anyone else’s conduct, they will be held accountable for their actions. We are called to Love gays, straights, singles, married, children, old and young. All man kind are God’s children. No matter what creed they profess. We have to stand united against perversion and stand up to legitimized evil policies. I pray that we all learn to Love like Jesus loved. Lord Jesus Christ defend the Catholic Church from weak Christians and interior discord. Amen.

  20. Erika says:

    To say that the Bible is old & dated & that back then things were different & question its validity in today’s age & to say that no one back then had any idea of how things were going to be & go in the future?? you are basically saying that God himself is not all knowing! homosexuality has been around for THOUSANDS of years! & it is stated in both the Old & New Testament that it is “WRONG” & we are encouraged & advised to stay away from it! God yes does LOVE us all unconditionally! & created us equal in his image. that does not mean his ideology is that of “oh its okay sweetie if it makes you feel good do it. i still love you” ….NO…..what kind of Father would he be then? He prevented an adulteress from being stoned to death, by yes reminding others they are no better “he who hath not sinned cast the first stone” …..after that….the story continues! He then told the woman to go & SIN NO MORE!!!! He held EVERYONE accountable! He stood on his side of the fence…not hers & not their’s! he has made is ABUNDANTLY clear in the scriptures what is right & what is wrong, what & how to stay away from sin & what HE declares as sinful! not man! We are walking a tight rope with him in redefining what HE HAS ALREADY declared to be right & wrong! those who are in support of it & legislate it….WILL be judged by him on their actions! Jesus teaches us to Love the sinner but to hate the sin! Yes he loves us all, that being said that does mean he condones & agrees with our choices & belief’s outside of what he teaches to be moral! & we will be held accountable! he was very quick to let people know their sins, tell them to sin no more & yes still love them. we are to love & pray for our enemies not condone or enable their sins. We are called to hold each other accountable as Christians, to confess & repent! we have no right to redefine the meaning of love itself! Love does not mean just “going with the flow” to condone & say its okay….LOVE is also TOUGH! LOVE is having the courage to hold each other accountable as Christians….it is not “Judgement” we have really redefined these two words…..Love & Judgement! being accountable is now “judgement” & Love all of a sudden is patting someone on the head, staying quiet, agreeing to disagree, not hurt feelings, to accept the sins too & be passive! Jesus wasn’t passive!! God has his own “Tough Love” too. his love goes from hugs & kisses to ….”you are wrong! change your ways!” & he is clear on the out comes of when we do not “change” & we ignore his ways! he is love…..& he is also Jealus! even God Loves Lucifer, but Lucifer chose his own fate! & we will too when it is unveiled to us how he see’s us……will you then feel worthy to pick heaven or hell? EVERYTHING you do here on earth will determine the outcome of your judgement day & that can be scary especially when we are blatantly ignoring how God calls us to live & bring others to HIM! I love my kids & will raise them in his ways, if they were to choose homosexuality I can still love them & not agree with their choice & not enable it. keeping God’s law firm in my life! I will not nor should I be told or expected to conform to the ideology that fully accepting my kids choice is proving or showing them love! NO….upholding God’s laws & ways…..IS SHOWING THEM LOVE! people need to change their perspective on LOVE! & God’s definition of it! it does go from one extreme to another & he does it without contradiction, he is steadfast in what is right & wrong! you can love without totally conforming! & people who choose to be liberal & Catholic….don’t blame the church leaders or the pope for that! even God himself does not interfere with our choice to accept or reject his ways! I have not heard the church in anyway support such Catholics! newsflash there is no such thing as the perfect church! I’d rather be apart of an imperfect church that God knows its not perfect, but where the scriptures are taught FULLY without omissions, misrepresentations, & out of context, & also EUCHARIST! I am not expected to agree with every waking little thing the church teaches. we can agree to disagree on issues even with the pope…..I’m not gonna go church hopping over it though! because guaranteed I will find something I disagree with in another church! I am not about to go finding a church that convenient to my ideologies & my ways to conform to me. NO….I am to conform to Christ! & the Catholic church teaches & promotes that without conforming to the world as Jesus did! HELLO why wouldn’t we? we are infact the TRUE church Jesus handed to his apostles! & Jesus knew it wasn’t going to be perfect either! but its better than nothing!

  21. MaryG says:

    Twitter of Cardinal Napier (@CardinalNapier)
    5/9/12 11:42 PM
    Obama on same sex “marriage” begs question: Is next evolution to “earth is flat” or “sun revolves around the earth” or “sun rises in west”.

  22. Peter Walters says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you very much for you ongoing thoughtful, well reasoned teaching of divine truth.
    How arrogant we can become as we try to change God’s plan for His people to fit our own prideful nature. We are with you. The love you show toward Our father and his people by speaking the truth in season and out is deeply appreciated from these quarters in Muncie, IN.
    GBY,
    Peter Walters

  23. Cliff Gibbs says:

    St. Augustine said it best, “Right is right even if no one is doing it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it!” What better way to promote secularist atheism than to attack and distort the true definition of marriage! As Christians we are compelled by Christ Himself to love ALL God’s children, but we cannot merely accept as TRUTH flawed, and politically skewed rhetoric as such.

  24. vivian cuadras says:

    People of God:

    If God made us in His image – this image is a divine image. Yes, we are man and woman, creatures of God, who are made FOR God. We are on a journey BACK to the Father.

    We must recall God’s plan for us. We are to procreate those souls that are already spoken for in the kingdom. Now, just for a moment, think of a “marriage” of the same sex. If this union is to consider procreation, it must “steal” from another’s seed. If two persons of the same sex want to live “under the same roof” -there is no sin in this. Again, there is no sin in living under the same roof with one of the same sex. BUT — There is NO sexual activity involved. Now the question remains – Why am I not permitted to engage in sexual activity with the same sex? I will go further: Why am I not permitted to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage? Still further: Why am I not permitted to do what I want, when I want it, and how I want it? AFTER ALL, AM I NOT MY OWN GOD?

    Remember that the soul lives on. In this lifetime, how is the body cooperating with the divine plan? What fruits have we produced that we may offer God when we ask to enter into the kingdom? What souls will we bring to God? Then again, HOW WILL WE BRING FORTH LIFE IF WE LIVE SELFISHLY FOR OUR OWN PLEASURES?

    While we can point out failed marriages, that does not justify re-defining marriage. Failed marriages result from selfishness also.

    Therefore we do not need to re-define marriage, rather we need to cooperate with he Divine Plan. Or have we lost our faith in God?

  25. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    Can anyone name any time in the history of this planet that marriage was legally between two men or two women?

    We make Sodom and Gommorah look like day camp.

    Our Lady of Fatima showed the three children an image of hell. It
    was too horrifying to describe. The children said they saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes.

    Too many people do not believe in Hell.

    They will.

    Eternity is a long time. Repentance is the order of the day.

    I fear for our nation.

  26. Steven says:

    There is no denying marriage was and still is only between a man and a woman. Any other opinion to the contrary is what some people on earth desire…not what God desired and created. It is another example of seeking our own desires which are usually quite contrary to God’s desires. That is why this Earth is mostly a place of restlessness and anger until we realize what is incorruptable is far superior to what is corruptible. The only incorruptable one is Jesus Christ..all knowing and all powerful.

    In the end…He created man and woman for marriage. I think we all have to stop making this so complicated. I pray for any couple in love but I also uphold the sanctity of the only true marriage. This is man and woman.

  27. Kanna says:

    Thank you to Cardinal Dolan for standing up for the Truth!

  28. Steven says:

    This is not about “Catholic arrogance” or “backwardness” This is simply about the Holy Church defending the Sacrament of marriage. I have no hate towards any couple but that does not mean I throw away my beliefs regarding marriage…no matter how many people agree or disagree with me.

  29. Charlotte Rosemeier says:

    Cardinal Dolan I support and applaud you for speaking out and standing up for what is right. I am Catholic, a mother, a wife, and a firm beleiver in the importance of protecting the institution of marriage between one man and one woman. God created man and woman to become one body within the sacrament of marriage in a natural act that is open to the wonderful possibility of creating another life.

  30. Maria says:

    You Eminence:

    With all due deference, may I again ask you why you and Cardinal Wuerl are silent on Sebelius speaking at the commencement exercises at Georgetown University? How on earth can we call anyone outside our Church to follow Christ’s precepts if we cannot defend them in our own Church?

  31. Thank you Cardinal for this prompt response to the President’s sad announcement. It is rather obvious his campaign needed more financial support and thus this support for same sex marriage. It is now clearer that we have a very important choice to make on election day. Please keep up the good (or more properly Godly) work.

  32. David M. Klak says:

    Your Emminence,

    I pray for you, the entire College of Cardinals, the bishops, priests and the Holy Father everyday, as the Church is under attack in so many ways all around the world. I encourage you to continue with your great work of standing up to the sin and evil that is overtaking our country. I do not envy you the fine line you must walk, but pray you continue to walk it welll – trying to be both supportive of our government’s good service to the poeple and yet stand firm against sin.

    Truth is often unpopular, as we’ve heard in upstream comments. But it shall set us free. Keep the faith.

    David Klak

  33. Larry H says:

    Read your Bible, guys! The Bible expressly defines marriage as between 1 man and 1 woman REPEATEDLY. Times have often changed in the last 2000 years and the Church has NEVER re-defined it’s Sacraments during that time. You are not a Catholic because you “want to be”, you are a Catholic because you believe what the Church teaches.

    If you do not like it then maybe you need to do some soul-searching and find out what the Church has been teaching for hundreds of years.

    Also, the Church has one of the strongest groups of young men entering seminaries right now, and they are NOT about to let someone change the definition of marriage. No, society may be trending one direction, but since when was it okay to be a sheep and follow secularism instead of Christ?

  34. Steven says:

    In answer to Bill Crew’s request for one credible statement regarding how same sex marriage harms the Institution of marriage. There are countless articles written by Catholic Theologians how same sex marriage harms “the institution” of marriage. Some articles are right on this blog.

    The divorce rate, the abuse of women in a marriage has nothing to do with the Catholic church! It has everything to do with free will of the human beings involved in those marriages that are abusive or wind up in divorce.

  35. What did God intend marriage to be? Because opinions are opinions, however God speaks the truth, so what do you think when Adam and Eve were made.. they did things the way God intended and the world became populated. The world would become extinct if not for marriage between a man and a woman

  36. Steven says:

    In response to Sharon Rainey..the Lord did not know about such things!! You mean the Lord that created man and woman for specific reasons (Procreation being the main one) You mean the Lord that is beyond past, present, and future? The all knowing and creator of all things. That Lord did not know??? The Lord expressed his true and unchanging belief about marriage when he created Man and Woman. I believe Adam and Eve destroys your point.

  37. Annonymous says:

    Yes, God created us in His image. That image is LOVE.

  38. Sandy Muller says:

    Reason #327 that I have no regrets about leaving the Catholic Church. No one is telling the churches that they have to marry gay couples. What business does the Catholic Church have in the lives of gay non-Catholics?

  39. Annonymous says:

    In marriage we sacrifice for the sake of our spouse. that is called Love. In our marriage of 26 years, i know that i have not sacrificed as much as a priest. They give their whole life for the sake of their spouse “the Catholic Church.”

  40. Joana Livoti says:

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan and all the bishops for your timely and powerful and succinct response to President Obama’s comments in support of the redefinition of marriage!

    Unfortunately, President Obama, has once more attacked our Christian faith, the Natural/Divine Law and our core Christian belief in the Sanctity of Marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    I stand with you in solidarity in the defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and pray for President Obama that he and his Administration may do likewise and may this be reflected in their actions.

  41. LorAnge says:

    God bless you cardinal Dolan mariage is a serious institution that must be protected and supported for society to continue growing and stay strong.

  42. michael mattioli says:

    I would very much like to see our Bishops use the great amounts of money and energy they spend on fighting to prevent people from loving each other to feed the poor and the homeless instead… In the long run, love will win out… it is the way of God.

  43. ahem says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan:

    Have you seen the article, “ObamaCare’s Muslim Exemption”, at PJ Media? The healthcare law will not apply to Muslims, who, apparently, do not believe in the concept of “insurance.”

    “In a curious way the privilege granted Muslims and denied to most others translates into what Muslims call “dhimmitude,” or the taxing of non-Muslims in exchange for the acceptance of their presence. Intentionally or not,

    ObamaCare allows for the establishment of this practice and Sharia dictates in the United States. Conversely, if a Christian refuses to pay for required health care insurance, liens can be placed against assets and hard prison time could accompany noncompliance. Non-Muslims are, in effect, paying a tax to subsidize Muslims.”

    Also, please note that the National Defense Authorization Act, passed in January of this year, nullifies virtually every other article of the Bill of Rights. The fight for freedom is much larger than the attack on our First Amendment rights. It should be of absorbing interest to _all_ Americans.

    Freedom is in a fight for its life, and we Catholics must make no compromise that would forsake it.

    Christ is Risen!

  44. Chris says:

    Dear Cardinal,

    You do realize we are not a Theocracy and the Bible is not a law book. Nobody is forcing the Church to change its teachings. If anything the Church and the yourself, have decided to ignore the laity, and embrace fringe right wing politics. From attacking the Americna Nuns and now the girl scouts to looking ot deny female employees health. Now this, the Bishops are almost asking the American Catholics to leave the church and issue 99 new Theses.

  45. Irene says:

    I agree with the President.

  46. PAT F says:

    HOW DISTRESSING THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SEEMS TO BE ADVOCATING A RETURN TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE COMING ELECTION BECAUSE OF THE OBAMA STANCE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE….. STAY OUT OF POLITICS BY JUST NOT ALLOWING SAME SEX MARRIAGES TO TAKE PLACE IN CATHOLIC CHURCHES WOULD BE A CHOICE FOR THE CHURCH..(ALTHOUGH THIS WOULD ALIENATE MANY CATHOLICS WHO WOULD TURN AWAY FROM THE CHURCH)… A MORE PRONOUNCED STANCE ON PRIEST ABUSES WOULD HAVE BENEFITTED THE CHURCH MORE THAN THIS PRONOUNCED EMPHASIS ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT PICKING A FIGHT ON THIS ISSUE IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO INSTEAD OF NOT THINKING ABOUT THE EFFECTS A RETURN TO THE OLD WAY WOULD DISENFRANCHISE THE POOR AND DISADVANTAGED.

  47. Marge Edwards says:

    I will continue to try to excuse statements like this one from the Masters and will also continue to pray for ALL Catholics, Male/Female, gay/straight, ALL God’s children.

  48. jodocus says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    “The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.”

    As the spokesperson for an institution that frequently makes headlines around the world by virtue of unimaginable excesses perpetrated by members of this institution against children, children entrusted into your care, you demonstrate a mind boggling lack of humility and unassertiveness. President Obama’s words are not surprising you say! Well, neither is your response. It is based on breathtaking ignorance, non factual perception of society and above all, it’s steeped in arrogance of gigantic proportions. If only for once you’d practice what you preach, perhaps, maybe really, really maybe, the Church could find some positive and meaningful roll within society. But I suggest nobody hold their breath. If 2000 years of Religion instigated bloodletting, misery, grand scale misogyny, and a whole other slew of fine deeds too numerous to mention here haven’t been able to produce some healthy introspection, I’m afraid nothing will.
    The Catholic Church might dress up it’s message in finer cloth, in grander architecture, with lots of snazzy sounding Latin to give it that extra bit of panache. But your message is in essence no different than say, that of those little rays of sunshine at the Westboro Baptist Church… those upstanding Christians with their God hates Fags website.
    Your words, dear Cardinal, only reaffirm the notion that Religion equates to ignorance, which in turn, more often than not, creates and leads to hatred. It encourages an “us and them” mindset, with us being the righteous, the virtuous, the chosen and them being the wicked, the sinful, the villainous and unredeemable. I can’t judge whether it’s your intention or not, but your words breed hatred dear Cardinal. I assume (but have been proven wrong many a time) that you are thoughtful man and as such, you have a personal responsibility to think about the consequences of your words. Sadly, but not surprisingly, you fail miserably in this duty born upon each man in the face of a higher authority.
    The people, and especially the children of this country, nay, the world over, deserve better than to have to listen to or take direction from condescending and arrogant prelates who have much, much to account for.

    But when one believes that you’ve been appointed by God for a particular mission in history, you have to be very careful about that, how you speak about that. Where is the self-reflection in that? Where is the humility in that?

    sincerely,
    Jodocus

  49. Melinda Venditti says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    I am the mother of a gay son, tomorrow being Mothers Day and I couldn’t be more proud and at PEACE with the love I have for him, as well as my other 3 children! With all due respect, being raised Catholic, and still carrying around some of the guilt that was instilled in me from a little girl, I am happy to say that I am finally OVER letting anything yourself and all of the so called saintly people have to say. You should all be ashamed to continue putting out the hatred that comes from your soul. It’s no wonder I have lost respect for the religion I practiced for so many years, but rest assure I have more faith in GOD than I ever had.

  50. Scott Striebeck says:

    Your Eminence:

    It’s time to take off the gloves. You do no one, especially the President, a favor by soft-pedaling the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s time for the Clergy to stop covering the Crucifix for the administration.

    If not as a priest, at least as a man, stand up to this bully, Mr. Obama, and show the strength that Christ did when he ran the money changers out of the Temple.

    God bless you in the task you have been given.