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Cardinal Dolan Thinks He Was “Outmarketed” On Marriage Equality

Timothy DolanIn his never-ending quest to find an excuse for his inability to stop the momentum for marriage equality, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has a new explanation: the Catholic Church was “outmarketed.” In an interview on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Dolan complained that the entire universe was aligned against him.

“When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle,” he said.

Then there was that little problem of homophobia. “We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay,” Dolan said, as his thoughts trailed off. “And as much as we’d say, ‘Wait a minute, we’re pro marriage, we’re pro traditional marriage, we’re not anti anybody,’ I don’t know.” Of course, Dolan’s idea of being pro-gay is to say he loves us and then tell us why we’re a threat to society. Funny how people might interpret that as being anti-gay.

Of course, the real problem is that Dolan has a bad message, not that others are more clever at spin. Even Dolan seems to know that he’s got the losing argument on marriage equality. ‘‘I think I’d be a Pollyanna to say that there doesn’t seem to be kind of a stampede to do this,’’ Dolan said. ‘‘I regret that.’’