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Cardinal Dolan: 'Unanimity' Among Bishops Over Pope Francis' Vision

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 01:07 PM

There is "remarkable unanimity" among Catholic bishops attending a synod at the Vatican for Pope Francis' vision for the church, which includes a shift in doctrine that would welcome homosexuals, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.

Dolan is attending the meeting of church bishops, which has produced a draft document  that stresses the "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitations," caring for families wounded by divorce, and a discussion on "welcoming homosexual persons."

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"I note a remarkable unanimity, an enthusiastic backing of the Holy Father's attempt to present the teaching of the church in a fresh, exciting, enchanting new way. There's unanimity there," Dolan told CBS' "This Morning" on Wednesday.

Dolan anticipated there would be debate over the document and said he agreed that it "needs some major reworking."

"There might be some good, deep discussion — you bet there is — on the way that's being expressed. This was a draft document, a first stage of what's going to be the result of our two good weeks here in Rome," he said.

Living in New York, Dolan said it was "news that some people would still consider this news" about the church's acceptance of gays. He said there were "beautiful parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of New York at home who are already doing this, who are already saying, 'Come on in. You're welcome here.'"

The changes indicated the intent of Pope Francis to affirm "this positive embrace of the church" and his call to "make it even more dynamic," Dolan said, adding that the Catholic Church needed to be seen as something other than a "nag" or a "scold."

"One of the major obstacles that we got today is the caricature, the stereotype, that's out there of constantly being no, no, no, no, no. We're constantly telling God's people what they can't do.

"The church isn't about no's. The church is about a big resounding yes to everything that is good and noble and beautiful and dignified and genuine and liberating in the human person. That's the message that we're trying to get across," he said.

The Catholic Church needed to be seen as embracing, Dolan said, and suggested that "anything we can do to welcome people into the church, anything we can do to invite them to hear again the saving invitation and conversion of heart that comes from Jesus Christ, let's do it."

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