Cardinal Dolan Comments On Contraception Politics

This Easter Sunday was not free from politics and controversy for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who in addition to giving a sermon at Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral today, appeared in a segment that aired on CBS' Face The Nation. In the interview Dolan weighed in once again on the nation's contraception debate and the president's coverage mandate. "I don't think religion should be too involved in politics," he said. "But I also don't think the government and politics should be overly involved in the church. And that's our problem here. You've got a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the church. That bothers me."

Watch the full interview here:

Meanwhile, the interview comes a day after the New York Daily News reported that Joseph Amodeo, a member of the executive committee of the junior board of the city's branch of Catholic Charities, quit over Dolan's stance on gay rights.

The resignation was provoked by Dolan's response to criticism from the founder of a center for homeless LGBT youth. When the founder wrote to Dolan that his "loud and strident voice against the acceptance of LGBT people" creates an environment in which parents are likely to "turn on their own children." Dolan responded:

"For you to make the allegations and insinuations you do in your letter based on my adherence to the clear teachings of the Church is not only unfair and unjust, but inflammatory," Dolan wrote. "Neither I nor anyone in the Church would ever tolerate hatred of or prejudice towards any of the Lord's children."

Amodeo's resignation letter read:

As a gay Catholic who teaches religious education (more than eight years in service to the Archdiocese of New York), is active in parish life and supports Catholic organizations, I'm afraid that the Archbishop has caused my heart to ache and my soul to feel pierced.

At mass today Dolan joked about how his crowds could not compete with Tim Tebow's in Texas discussed how "Jesus Christ is still alive."

[via Gothamist, NYDN, AP, Newsday]

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The religiously affiliated organizations (not churches) would pay for the coverage —not the actual medicine or procedure. Many of their employees are not Catholic or are Catholic but use contraception. What if the woman needs hormone therapy for other health conditions? The church never addresses this issue. They are either ignorant or uninterested as far as the medical issues are concerned. The church are not medical doctors. The regulations are not "strangling" whatsoeever.Dolan is way overstating this issue. 

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Mr. Dolan claims that "Nor can we argue purely from revelation: why should other citizens respect our opinions if we do not present them as applicable to all people regardless of religion?" That's precisely the problem: hiding under your tax-exempt mantle of “revealed” holiness, you want to tell the rest of us what to do, and how to live. The bottom line is that absolutely NO ONE is coming into our Churches or places of worship and telling believers what to believe.....or forcing them to use contraception. BUT If the Bishops (and other denominations) want to continue running businesses outside of their places of worship...businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths -or no "faith" at all- THEN they must play by the same rules and rights that other workers live by and enjoy (especially if their businesses use our tax dollars, and skip paying taxes, in the process). If the Jehovah's Witnesses church hires me, can they alter my health insurance to exclude blood transfusions? Even worse- what if they operated a hospital by their “rules”? This is not a “war on religion”. Never was. However, it IS a war BY some religions... on women and men who simply want to plan their families, to control their futures, to keep their jobs, and to have health insurance that allows them to do that. Likewise It is a war -not on religion- but on gays and others who the church deems to be second class citizens, and targets of its venom. The churches (or the IRS) need to decide whether these churches are  going to be political organizations proclaiming and practicing partisan politics from the places of WORSHIP. Not both. Not in America.

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