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Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church Must Do More For Gays, Lesbians

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appears Easter Sunday on "This Week" on ABC.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appears Easter Sunday on "This Week" on ABC. Photo Credit: ABC

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, spiritual leader of Westchester County's Roman Catholics, said the church must not attack gays and lesbians.

In an appearance Sunday on "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos asked Dolan what the Catholic Church can say to gays and lesbians, who feel unwelcome by the church, which does not support same-sex marriage.

“Well, the first thing I’d say to them is, ‘I love you, too.  And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness. And – and we – we want your happiness.  But – and you’re entitled to friendship.’ But we also know that God has told us that the way to happiness, that – especially when it comes to sexual love – that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally,” Dolan said.

“We got to be – we got to do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven’t been too good at that.  We try our darndest to make sure we’re not an anti-anybody.”

Read more about Dolan's Easter day interview at the ABC News website .

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