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The head of New York’s Roman Catholic archdioceses is facing a challenge to his stance on gay rights, as the resignation of a church charity board member says he’s “had enough” of the cardinal’s attitude.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan failed to respond to a “call for help” from homeless youths who are not heterosexual. A letter was sent to Dolan from Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center that offers emergency services to homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people. Siciliano stated, “The cardinal’s loud and strident voice against the acceptance of LGBT people creates a climate where parents turn on their own children. As youths find the courage and integrity to be honest about who they are at younger ages, hundreds of thousands are being turned out of their homes and forced to survive alone on the streets by parents who cannot accept having a gay child.”
Dolan responded, “Neither I nor anyone in the Church would ever tolerate hatred of or prejudice towards any of the Lord’s children.” Yet it is on record he does.
Dolan leads 2.6 million Catholics and is president of the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Last summer during New York’s same-sex marriage debate, Dolan stated that this was an “ominous threat” to society. Has Dolan not read the bible? Jesus never turned down anybody, especially the lost. Considering the Catholic Church based their foundation on Simon Peter who set in motion the formation of the Catholic Church, was their 1st pope and later crucified by Nero whose relatives became the later popes of the Catholic Church, speaks volumes.