Recently, Cardinal Dolan of the New York diocese, a big honcho in the U. S. hierarchy, said the Catholic Church is being “out marketed” in gay marriage. He said the Church is being “caricatured” as anti gay.
A person of Dolan’s stature should know it is not possible to tell a gay person, “Look, I have nothing but love for you. The only difference in our thinking is that I think you should have fewer rights than I have.”
In societies based on class, where it is acceptable for one class to have more privilages than another, this logic may have majority appeal. Today on the African continent discrimination against gays apparently is popular. Apparently, discrimination of many kinds is popular. But, it’s not that way in the U. S. or most of the western world. Acting out predjudice eventually makes a group unpopular.
Cardinal Dolan and his companions seem to think they can continue to say two opposing things at the same time and no one will notice. Instead, people notice.
The Christian right suffers from a permanent public relations handicap, a preoccupation with sin. It should never have gone out of its way to label homosexuality as sin. It should, from day one, have said what Pope Francis has said, “Who am I to judge.” Instead, the right has painted itself into a corner.
Watching Dolan twist in the wind, to see him talking in circles, is entertainment to some of us.