On the heels of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation earlier this week, now New York's big man in the Catholic Church is in the news. Cardinal Timothy Dolan filmed an interview with Meet the Press, and he complained about how Roman Catholics are being "out-marketed" on gay marriage.
MTP host David Gregory brought up the continuing expansion of same-sex marriage in the country (Illinois became the 16th state to legalize it) and Dolan said the Catholic Church won't give up on the issue, "I think maybe we've been out-marketed, sometimes. We've been caricatured as being anti-gay. 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... We’re pro-marriage, we’re pro-traditional marriage, we’re not anti-anybody."
Dolan also discussed the Affordable Care Act, bragging, "We, the bishops of the United States, can you believe it, in 1919 came out for more affordable, more comprehensive, more universal health care. That’s how far back we go in this battle... We Catholics, who are kind of among the pros when it comes to providing health care, do it because of our religious conviction, and because of the dictates of our conscience. And now we’re being asked to violate some of those," referring to Obamacare's inclusion of contraception. He also faulted ACA for not covering undocumented immigrants.
"So that's when we began to worry and draw back and say, 'Mr. President, please, you're really kind of pushing aside some of your greatest supporters here. We want to be with you, we want to be strong. And if you keep doing this, we're not going to be able to be one of your cheerleaders,'" Dolan explained. "And that sadly is what happened."