Skip to comments.Cardinal Dolan Explains: Pope's remark on gays does not change church teaching
Posted on 07/30/2013 7:03:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
NEW YORK New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a guest Tuesday on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the pope's impromptu news conference on a papal flight the previous day, stressed that Pope Francis "would be the first to say, 'My job isn't to change church teaching; my job is to present it as clearly as possible.' " Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was asked to comment in particular on the pope's remark: "If a person is gay, seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge? They should not be marginalized. They are our brothers."
That remark, Dolan said, reflects "a gentle, merciful, understanding, compassionate" approach to church teaching which emphasizes "that while certain acts may be wrong, we would always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity."
He said the pope's words "may be something people find new and refreshing. I for one don't think it is, and I hate to see previous popes caricatured as not having that," he said in the interview.
In the 80-minute news conference on the plane from Rio de Janeiro to Rome returning from World Youth Day, the pope also answered questions about women in the church, divorce and his own spirituality.
Answering a question about reports of a gay lobby at the Vatican, the pope emphasized that it was important to "distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby," he said. "A gay lobby isn't good."
Pope Francis said the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains church teaching about homosexuality very well, saying, "one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn't this (homosexual) orientation -- we must be like brothers and sisters."
The catechism states people with homosexual tendencies "must be accepted with respect and compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided."
The church teaches that all sexual activity outside of the legitimate marriage of one man and one woman is sinful.
When asked if he was surprised by the pope's comments, Dolan said he was not. "What surprises me is that people are surprised," he said.
The cardinal stressed that church teaching on homosexuality has not changed.
"While we are rather cogent in our teaching we're equally compelling in the mercy, the graciousness, the respect with which we say it," he added.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George said in a statement Monday that the pope "reaffirmed the teaching of the Catholic faith and other religions that homosexual genital relations are morally wrong. The pope also reaffirmed the church's teaching that every man and woman should be accepted with love, including those with same-sex orientation."
The cardinal noted that the archdiocese of Chicago sponsors ministries for homosexuals that "make available the sacraments of the church for those who want to live chastely as followers of Christ in the church. Judgments about individual guilt are settled in the sacrament of reconciliation, according to Catholic pastoral practice," he added.
In a blog post Monday, Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light, noted that the pope's visit to Brazil "left a deep and lasting impression" on the world.
He also noted that the pope's comments on the plane, "particularly about the divorced and remarried, women and homosexuals must be read and understood through the lenses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the outreach and concern of the church for those on the fringes, and the mercy, tenderness and forgiveness of a pastor who walks among his people."
The way I see homosexuality:
Suppose a boy receives a box from his mother and father on his 16th birthday. With is is a card that reads:
This present is given to you as our parents have, through the generations, passed it to us. We hand it down to you with all our love. Take good care of it and pass it to you first born child. All our love,
Mom and Dad
The boy opens it and it is the most exquisitely crafted ring, done generations ago by the most gifted craftsman. Mounted on top is a radiant cut 3 carat diamond.
The boy tells himself, he isn’t into rings. They are too materialistic. He gives his parents a perfunctory thank you and without their knowledge, tosses the ring into the ocean.
The ring represents the gift of life.
You are right. How about the parents being interviewed; the possible priest being interviewed multiple times, a two day psychological exam, numberous letters of recommendcation from friends and priest who knew the person, and it goes on and on.
And Christ knew in advance that Judas would betray him, and he still chose him as one of the original twelve Apostles.
Isn’t what he said a very warm and embracing way of reversing what the Pope said in 2005?
Is that the point of view that you have been posting in support of homosexual priests since 2005, when Benedict signed his document?
When does Biden show up for his next communion?
One needs to distinguish between a homosexual who has already been ordained a priest and a candidate for the priesthood who is homosexual.
The official documents which say that homosexuals should not be ordained were not the topic of discussion at the press conference and they are still in force.
The interview was only a couple of days ago, and seems to be a different policy from the previous one.
It seemed to be a signal that this Pope sees the previous Pope’s refusal to accept homosexual priest students, as too harsh, this Pope even introduced calling them ‘gay’ it looks like.
This was an entirely different tone, and even a new vocabulary, it means something.
I wonder when people will look into what was said about divorce.