Cardinal Dolan Spends 19 Seconds Condemning Antigay Violence

Timothy DolanWe all know New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan is not our BFF, but you would think that the rash of gay bashings in New York City would be the ideal opportunity for Dolan to make it clear he’s not a complete knuckle-dragger. And, of course, you would be wrong. It took a week and a half after the murder of Mark Carson for Dolan to finally say something about antigay violence. And when he did, he spent a total of 19 seconds on the topic.If his Sunday sermons were that short, parishioners would be turning backflips in the aisles.

“You look at even the violence in our own city with some homosexuals who have recently been beaten and killed,” Dolan said during a radio appearance. “I mean that’s just awful, that flies in the face of divine justice. Every human life deserves dignity and respect, right? Anytime life is attacked we all suffer.”

What we particularly like about that statement:

  • Use of the phrase “some homosexuals.” Very 1950s of him. How about “gay men”?
  • Use of the word “awful.” How about “horrific” or “evil”?
  • The question at the end of the sentence. Glad to know that the Cardinal feels the need to check on whether we really do deserve dignity and respect.

Just to remind you where things stand: the same day Dolan made his “blink and you miss them” comments, the Vatican released a statement complaining that Catholics in Europe were having their rights violated because they can’t say hateful things about or discrimiante against anyone who is LGBT. Murder vs. hate speech? Glad to know that the Vatican has its priorities straight.

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  • Kieran

    How many seconds did he give condemning the fact that the United States spends more on military spending then all the other countries of the world put together?

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Dolan’s words mean nothing to me, as this political panderer hasn’t any credibility as a spiritual leader. It’s enough to make him red in the face!

  • alexoloughlin

    That he uses the word ‘homosexual’ is bad enough. I wouldn’t mind betting he’s a deeply closeted self loather of the Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland ilk.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Alexoloughlin, Possibly, maybe, perhaps, however, I could see him leaning into a child a little too hard. Many in the Catholic Church are bereft of conscience, and those wolves dressed in fancy robes and garb, who protect these perv’s and move them from diocese to diocese, will have to answer for their role in the depravity, more so than we, who merely want to marry our life-partners. My mind associates their garments with sexual depravity. They should just switch to Levi’s 501 jeans and hoodies. Am I the only person on the planet that sees these collars and the poncey robes and immediately searches for the darkness lurking within? Dolan, if you are not a perv in the flesh then, you are by proxy, for staying in a system that vastly harms children.

  • truthteller

    As a New Yorker, I can tell you his thoughts, comments and beliefs have very little value here. We all laughed with people thought he had a chance at becoming Pope.

    With that being said, again the church missed a chance to show common human decency and respect for all life. You don’t have to agree with “homosexuals” but it is a sin to harm another human being and murder is against both god and man’s law. The fact that he spent 19 seconds on this issue, is actually 19 more seconds than I thought he ever would. His commments are not being reported in the major NYC press, if that tells you something.

  • Billysees

    Something is better than nothing.

    19 seconds is better than 0 seconds.

    I haven’t heard anything similar from protestant big shots.

    Because they are media lovers, the CC and its clergy are capable of creating a very positive public attitude towards all LGBT’s.

    Why do they hesitate ?

    They need to “go for it” and put to shame the lackluster performance of others.

  • 2eo

    19 whole seconds. Praise some god or something. 19 seconds.

    Shove it god boy, your religion is a massive part of the reason for these attacks, if not the main reason. The sooner these kiddie fiddlers are locked up and separated from actual society the better.

  • Billysees

    @truthteller: No. 5

    ” You don’t have to agree with “homosexuals” but it is a sin to harm another human being and murder is against both god and man’s law. ”

    Good and truthful statement.

    I also think it’d be a good idea to have a well seen billboard somewhere that lists comments like these so all can see and think about them.

    Everybody would benefit by these good reminders of how we should treat others.

  • arj

    This man is so fake, even his smiles, laughs, and jokes are forced. The sad thing is that so many people listen to him and his ilk. He is the ultimate career whore that wants to be pope real bad. Pope Phake the First.

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