So when the new boss hints at a different direction for the company, what’s a long-term employee to do? Well, if you are a cardinal in the Catholic Church and the Pope suggests he’s not as upset with gay people as his predecessor, you downplay the comments. That’s what New York Archbishop Timothy “Gay Marriage Is Like Marrying Your Mom” Dolan is doing.
In his comments, Pope Francis said “who am I to judge” when it comes to gay priests. For someone like Dolan, who has been judge, jury and executioner on gay issues for American Catholics, the pope’s relatively relaxed attitude must have come as a shock. So it’s no surprise, that Dolan is insisting, that it’s still the same old Inquisition when it comes to LGBT people.
“Homosexuality is not a sin, right? Homosexual acts are,” Dolan said in an appearance on CBS This Morning. “ Just like heterosexuality is not a sin outside of marriage, that would be sinful. ‘While certain acts may be wrong, [the Pope] would always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity and not judge them.”
And here we have an illustration of someone hung up on the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Dolan clearly believes that he and the pope are saying the same thing. It’s true that Church policy hasn’t changed. But the pope did send a message about a change in attitude, which is a far cry from that of his immediate predecessor. It’s been a long time since a pope spoke about gay people without at least a whiff of brimstone involved. That’s the Dolan approach. At least yesterday, it wasn’t Pope Francis’s. It will be interesting to see whether the pope can sway his troops. If Dolan is any indication, probably not.