Cardinal Dolan calls Obama’s remarks on marriage ‘deeply saddening’

In reaction to President Obama’s endorsement of so-called ‘same-sex marriage,’ Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement:

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York

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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  • Jae

    I agree, Brian…seems like there is manipulation on the like/dislike….I think what the other respondent meant was that in 2012, persecutions against the Christian faith are more than ever…..meaning we are now supposedly more civilized than in early centuries. There have been more martyrs for the faith in the last century than since the beginning of Christianity. Google it! From then till now countless numbers have given their lives to obtain our Religious freedoms….now more than ever they are at risk especially with what the President proposes. Just Pray alot and God Bless!

  • Brian C

    Overall, good and timely response by Dolan, but we couldn’t get a better looking picture?

    • Jae

      LOL, Brian! He’s great at any angel! God Bless!

  • AJB

    Free will was given to us for a reason….and what we do with it is our business on the individual level…which means it doesn’t affect you. Any true christian would know that….

  • Lois Denneno

    I don’t see gay marriage as a threat to sacramental marriage. Cathiolics have a right to their own opinion on marriage being only between a man and a woman. But, I don’t think Catholics have the right to impose their opinions on others who think otherwise. God bless our president for the courage of his convictions.

  • Bill Warriner

    I fail to see how this affects the Church. Gays will not be getting married in St. Pats or any other Catholic church, many are not even Catholic. Bishop Dolan has no right to infringe on the civil rights of any human. This is not a Church issue, so he should keep to theology. If he wants to excommunicate those who disagree, fine. I’ll stand first in line.



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