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

  1. tlr says:

    November 6 cannot come too soon. I hope the Catholic Church is ready to “dig in” and fight the good fight. The future of our country is at hand.

  2. Sue says:

    Can Obama seem anymore desperate! Gee all of a sudden he changed his mind just in time for the elect. How profound of him! Most of us see right through that! What a fake! It is time for Americans to stand up and leave the cave. Start thinking for yourselves, and realize that you are being fed a line.

    1. Thomas Rooney OFS says:

      I disagree. I think this was a political blunder.

      The President needed to keep this campaign focused on the improving (albeit SLOWLY) economy and job market, not on a battle-for-the-soul-of-America culture war. This, in my opnion, will sway a good number of conservative-leaning independents who voted for him in 2008 the other way this year. And it will fire up the ANYONE-but-Obama conservatives who are (rightly) less than thrilled with the presumptive GOP nominee.

      President Obama may have galvanized his own base, but so what? He certainly didn’t make any new friends with this pronouncement.

  3. John Payne says:

    Please help us . . . how can we respond lovingly with the truth to counteract this thinking that gay marriage is a good and fair thing?

  4. Rick says:

    Please remember this country supports religious freedom and equal rights for man and woman. If you and your religion feel differently, then great. Imagine a country where you couldn’t feel differently.

  5. TtT Engine says:

    Cardinal Dolan, This same anti-life administration has decided to no longer defend DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act]. This Planned Parenthood President is not a friend to Catholics and American Judaio-Christian values. Many Catholic Bishops, religious and so-called Catholics voted for this unvetted man who cannot pass a security clearance. Sadness needs to be one of the emotions which fuel a true Catholic resurgence in this country. The CCC sat down, bargained with the PPP and accepted the 30 pieces of silver in exchange for a lie about health care. The CCC has denied Christ by looking the other way for 40 years while the moral atrocity of abortion occurs 3,800-4,000 times a day in the U.S.A. There has been no attempt to reign in the Judas Catholics [Kennedy,Biden,Pelosi,Kerry,Matthews]. Homosexuals bastardizing marriage is the natural extension of the Catholic Church not emphasizing the “intrinsic disordered” nature of homosexual union as per the Catechism of the Catholic Church. God will not divinely override the toxic consequences of the sinful free choice of evil until He declares The End of Days. Christi Fidelis !

  6. Dr. Thomas Kelly says:

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for your statement. These are indeed difficult times.

    I was wondering if the Catholic Conference of Bishops has anything to say about Georgetown allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is currently attacking Catholic institutions, to speak at their graduation? For this Catholic institution to honor this individual who is publicly confronting Catholic teaching is outrageous. Exacerbating the situation is the timing of it all. At at time that Catholics should be united, this action is appalling.

    Dr. Thomas Kelly

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