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Cardinal Dolan Says Catholic High School’s Decision Distorts True Meaning of Tolerance

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, recently wrote a commentary for The New York Daily News lamenting a Catholic high school’s decision to cancel a lecture about the Church’s true teaching on homosexuality.

Catholic Education Daily reported that Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, New York, canceled a lecture with the Rev. Donald G. Timone, who has been involved with the Catholic organization “Courage,” which offers spiritual support to men and women with same-sex attraction to live chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love. 

Fr. Timone was scheduled to speak to the Parent’s Association at the Catholic high school, but the board of trustees advised against it. The Bronx LGBTQ Center and a petition at also objected to the event.

In his commentary, Cardinal Dolan said that the decision at the high school is one that “distorts the true meaning of tolerance.”

He wrote:

It seems that no one can talk of virtue anymore without, at the very least, being labeled out of touch with reality, and in this case, accused of far worse—spreading hatred. But didn't Jesus promise, "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God." (Mt 5:8) A pure heart is a chaste heart, a heart that loves others for who they are and not simply for what they can do or how they can satisfy me.

…How sad that those who claim to be in favor of tolerance have pre-judged and blocked a message of love and acceptance from being delivered, tarnishing the reputation of a splendid group and a school which has as one of its goals to help our youth live out their faith.

Cardinal Dolan explained how Courage never tries to impose the Church’s teaching on anyone, but rather invites those who want to respond. He called the Church’s teaching on homosexuality “beautiful” and observed many problems in society that result from a lack of virtue.  He stated:

The epidemic of pornography, adultery, sky-high divorce rates, human trafficking, treating others as objects and not as people made in the image and likeness of God, all can be traced back to the lack of virtue and purity in our lives.

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