With 60 percent of American Catholics saying the Church is out of touch, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan acknowledged that more needs to be done to let people such as homosexuals know they are accepted, even as the church defends its eternal beliefs.
“Sometimes, by nature, the church has got to be ‘out of touch’ with concerns because we are always supposed to be thinking ‘beyond.’ The eternal. The changeless,” Dolan said in an Easter Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
The challenge, Dolan said, is to present the eternal concerns of Christianity to people in a timeless and attactive way.
But sometimes there is a disconnect, he admits.
Asked what he would say to gay and lesbian Catholic couples who love God, love the church and love each other, but feel unloved by the church, Dolan responded, “The first thing I’d say to them is, “I love you, too. And God loves you . . . And we want your happiness.”
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But the way to happiness, he said, in relation to sexual love, is only intended between a man and woman in marriage.
He admitted the church has a way to go to improve its image on the issue.
“We’ve got to do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit we haven’t been too good at that,” he said. “We’re not anti-anybody; we’re in the defense of what God has taught us about marriage."
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