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Cardinal Dolan Calls For Anti-LGBT Sermons In Shadow Of Violent Anti-Gay Hate Crime Wave

by David Badash on May 26, 2013

in Hate Crimes,News,Politics,Religion

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan has issued a directive to all Catholic dioceses to focus their sermons on “traditional marriage” and opposing the “redefinition of marriage” to include LGBT people, now through June. Dolan, who is the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and thus the top representative of the Roman Catholic Church in America, is also the Archbishop of New York, but has said not one word about the skyrocketing anti-LGBT violent hate crimes in his own back yard.

As of Friday night, New York City has been home to nine anti-LGBT violent hate crimes this month, and 27 this year — almost double the rate of last year, which saw a double-digit increase over the previous year.

But instead of denouncing anti-gay violence, instead of even acknowledging it, instead of calling for tolerance and love, Cardinal Dolan issued a directive to preach anti-LGBT hate in Church, and created a “USCCB Nationwide Bulletin Insert,” below, to share with all Catholics across the country.

The NYPD and many of New York’s state and local politicians have denounced these crimes of ignorance and hate. Many attended the vigil for Mark Carson, the 32-year old gay man fatally gunned down just nine days ago, and many attended last Monday’s protest rally. Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally acknowledged Carson’s murder and the anti-LGBT violence in a press conference held with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly this week.

Even the President of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, and the head of the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council, have denounced the violence.

But the nation’s number one Catholic cannot find the time to even acknowledge it, much less denounce it.

When the heads of anti-gay organizations are denouncing anti-LGBT violence, and the head of the Catholic Church in the U.S. cannot, what does that say about his focus — and his attitude toward the LGBT community?

Not only has Cardinal Dolan not acknowledged the anti-LGBT hate — which even Pastor Rick Warren admits and the vast majority of Americans agree that church teachings hold responsibility  for — but he has contributed to it.

In a blog post falsely claiming  “All Are Welcome!,” Timothy Cardinal Dolan belittled LGBT people, demanded we wash our “dirty hands” before he could accept us into his Church — and then literally barred LGBT and allied Catholics from entering NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Cardinal Dolan’s home, unless they literally washed the dirt from their hands.

Despite the clear change in direction Pope Francis has called for, Cardinal Dolan chooses to look the other way, ignoring those in his own parish who need his support.

“Since Mark Carson’s brutal murder last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has failed to issue even a minor statement regarding Mark’s death or the string of attacks that have taken place over the past few months,” writes Joseph Amodeo, the LGBT activist who organized the “Dirty Hands” event. “The absence of the Cardinal’s voice is of concern, because of the fact that these acts of violence stand in stark contradiction to Catholic social teaching and more directly the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Not to mention, all of these attacks took place within a short distance from the Cardinal’s residence in Manhattan.”

“This silence is a testament to the passive homophobia that defines Catholic Church teaching and comments from the institution’s hierarchy regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This silence must be shattered: Cardinal Timothy Dolan must condemn these acts of hate,” Amodeo urges, adding:

The silence must stop. The Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Timothy Dolan must issue clear condemnations of the violence that has taken place on New York’s streets directed at the gay community. For a moral leader who is so vocal about the dignity of the human person, his silence in the wake of these hate crimes is deafening.

If Cardinal Dolan truly wants to express the message that “all are welcome,” then he must break this dangerous silence, condemn these acts of hate, and stand in solidarity with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the face of prejudice. Passive homophobia can no longer be accepted as the status quo in our churches, because conditional statements of welcome and critiques of the innate nature of the human person provide a breeding ground for intolerance.

A pastoral response to these hate crimes from the Archbishop of New York is no longer an option to be discerned, but rather a necessary step to ensure that the dignity of life is upheld.

How many more LGBT people will suffer — or die — before Cardinal Dolan denounces the violence and anti-LGBT hate?

 

Bulletin Insert Marriage and the Supreme Court Spring 2013


 

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{ 17 comments }

Bill_Dulin May 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I declare Dolan ANATHEMA, he will never get into heaven!

Str8Grandmother May 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I hadn't looked when I started reading the article who wrote it, but by the time I got to the end I knew it had to be David Badash.

Do you think this new Pope even knows what is going on over here?

thelettuceman June 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

More importantly: Does he even care?

noraadrienne May 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

For a man to stand in church wearing a fancy dress week after week and call for Anti LGBT rhetoric in all churches is ludicrous. How many of the clergy are closet gays or trans.. hoping that by hating all who are like them will make it go away is a very sick joke.

bsharpms May 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "'These [Cardinals & bishops] honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…[they] have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe [their] own traditions…He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition. For Moses said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.' but you say, 'If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God),' you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother; thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that." When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the PARABLE. And He said to them, "Are you so lacking in understanding also (SO MANY CATHOLICS AND EVANGELICALS READ THE BIBLE BUT SEEM TO BE CLUELESS NOWADAYS, SINCE JESUS' TWO COMMANDMENTS TO HIS DISCIPLES–Matthew 22:37-40–WERE TO LOVE GOD AND ONE ANOTHER)? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.) And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man." JESUS GETS IT…WHY CAN'T CARDINAL DOLAN AND THE CHURCH??? Primary source: Mark 7:6-23.

Euphoricdude May 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm

It is very inDolan is speaking this HATE when the U. S. Supreme Court is about to issue 2 rulings:
SCOTUS will rule that Proposition 8 in California is UNCONSTITUTIONAL
SCOTUS will also rule the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is also UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Dolan should worry about SEX ABUSE of priests. He probably has no time for this since he spends a lot of time on his addictions of HETEROSEXUALITY and OVEREATING.

MIARob May 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Pure and simple, the USA should revoke the tax-free status of the Catholic Church. As President George Washington wrote to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, "The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."

SeanLiberty13 May 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I wouldn't expect anything less from that Nazi pedophile protecting parasite who has blood on its nasty hands. Tax that worthless waste of life.

Alex_Parrish May 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Dolan is perfectly free to expound on on the Roman Catholic understanding of marriage, but, in the United States of America (as in many other nations) marriage is at the discretion and under the law of the State. Many churches have ceremonies surrounding the occasion, and the R.C. Church even calls it a sacrament but NONE of them can perform a valid (meaning state-recognized) marriage without a license of the state. Period. End of discussion. Dolan is a myopic sectarian bully — and I know where of I speak; he was archbishop in my city before going to NY. The fact is that marriage equality has already come to NY and nearly a dozen other states and he is pissed-off about that. Too bad. There is no way in hell the SCOTUS is going to uphold DOMA in such a way as to invalidate all those marriages but, being a bully, Dolan is throwing a tantrum about that which is beyond his control. I certainly hope that the IRS is keeping a close watch on the RC church as other states consider equality because I expect more illegal political action from them, and sentiment is stirring to remove the tax-exempt status of sects which overstep the boundaries of what is permitted of a tax-exempt organization.

Equality4ALLnow May 27, 2013 at 4:01 am

We keep hearing this phrase "Traditional Marriage" being quoted by the church to allow them to spread bigoted views which incites others to violence …..interesting when you read what the bible says about marriage and its traditions……:
"a rapist has to marry his victim, and pay the victims father for the loss of his property" Deuteronomy 22.28.29
"A slave owner could assign a female slave to a male slave, she must submit sexually to her new husband" Exodus 21.4
"A bride who cannot prove her verginity should be stoned to death" genesis 2.24
widow that has not borne a child must marry her brother in-law and submit sexually to him" Genesis 38.6.10
under Moses command, Israelites kill every Midlanite man, woman and child, except the virgin females, who would be taken as spoils of war…The wives must submit sexually to their new owners"

Add to this polygamy, the right to have concubines,and a man acquiring his wife's property, including her slaves!
SO MUCH FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE!

Fvl81 May 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

I wonder how many little boys he molested , he should burn in hell.

dakotahgeo May 28, 2013 at 2:07 am

Dumbo Dolan will not recant or repent until vast numbers of Catholic priests, bishops, archbishops begin to disappear in droves! Maybe this is what it will take to "change" his mind!!!

linuxfromwin May 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

It takes a priest to unleash the beast.

motomo31 May 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

"Wash our dirty hands"? Sounds vaguely familiar.

jazkeys May 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

"Cardinal" Dolan is a despicable piece of garbage directly responsible for shielding pedophile priests from prosecution, and wakes each day to discriminate against homosexuals and anyone who doesn't live their life the way HE feels they should (as if anyone with more than a first-grade education should emulate the life of someone who supports child rapists). Anyone who gives an ounce of value to anything this utterly worthless bigot spews from his offensive piehole is nothing more than an ignorant, brainwashed sheep too illiterate to understand how their feeble mind is being manipulated by this blasphemous lowlife.

xybender2 January 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The Catholic institution is a sexist, racist, full if criminals and hypocrites. They use innocent real people to shield their hypocrites, greed for wealth and powers. I left this scumbag institution and never looked back.

xybender2 January 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

This old fart cardinal is a typical cardinal of a male dominant. corrupt. and most evil sugar coated religion. Religion = opium for the mass.

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