Cd. Dolan: Pope Francis is walking the ‘middle of the road?’

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“He reminds me of Jesus, always walking down the road and never forgetting the people on either side,” Dolan said. “That’s what Pope Francis is doing for people who might stake out one position or another.”

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday said Pope Francis’s speech last week on marriage may not have signaled a monumental change for the Catholic doctrine, but did show the pope will “never forget people on either side” of the debate.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday said Pope Francis’s speech last week on marriage may not have signaled a monumental change for the Catholic doctrine, but did show the pope will “never forget people on either side” of the debate.
A document released earlier last week spelled a possible shift in the way the church treats gay and lesbian people. However, the final draft from a meeting between bishops on Friday in Rome did not include that language.
Dolan said there are many bishops who come from cultures that “have a very strong definition of marriage” as being between one man and one woman, but that Pope Francis “challenged” everyone during the meeting in Rome.

“He reminds me of Jesus, always walking down the road and never forgetting the people on either side,” Dolan said. “That’s what Pope Francis is doing for people who might stake out one position or another.”
“He is walking right down the middle of the road and he is trying to bring everyone with him. The church needs to walk with people,” Dolan added.
On one end, Dolan said, you have “the definition of marriage, given us by God and faithfully handed on by the church — one man and one woman, lifelong, life-giving, faithful, bringing about new life with children —  and there is enthusiastic response to that.”
“And on the other side was how can we go embrace and never alienate those who are unable to live up to that noble ideal,” Dolan said?! “And as usual, Pope Francis is saying, ‘We need to keep both those values in mind.'”
Dolan said the meeting wasn’t meant to change doctrine, “no one changes doctrine.”
“Our job is to effectively pass on doctrine, to give ourselves a report card,” Dolan said.
He added that there will likely be changes in how the church views and includes same-sex couples, as well as ones who have divorced and remarried.
“That’s our job: not to change what [God] has told us but to change how we are disobeying it,” Dolan said. “And I think in doing that — especially on some of the more delicate issues — is probably going to continue next year.”

Video: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/221212-cardinal-dolan-pope-francis-aims-to-be-more-accepting

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