Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is perhaps the most prominent Catholic cleric in the US, a favorite of the media, even buddies with Stephen Colbert. In a recent interview, he tries to explain why the Catholic church is not anti-gay and suggests that this is largely a problem of marketing, that advocates of same-sex marriage have managed to pull the public relations wool over the eyes of the public to make them seem like they are the ones on the side of history and painting the church in a bad light.
How has this happened? “Well, I think maybe we’ve been outmarketed sometimes,” Dolan told Gregory. “We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay.”
Being against marriage equality does not mean the church is “anti-anybody,” Dolan insisted, and added:
“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 is a tough battle.”
What is extraordinary is the ability of people like Dolan to suggest that their stances are actually the humane ones and that the church has even been accused of being too accepting of gays.
“We get backlash from those who think we are too gracious, and compassionate, and loving, and accepting of gays,” Dolan said after celebrating Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Mind you, he says this even though the church teaches that homosexual behavior is sinful and after he himself says that the church strongly opposes same-sex marriage and vows to vigorously fight it with the same vigor with which the church has fought abortion.
The cognitive dissonance is weak in this one.