This Easter Sunday was not free from politics and controversy for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who in addition to giving a sermon at Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral today, appeared in a segment that aired on CBS’ Face The Nation. In the interview Dolan weighed in once again on the nation’s contraception debate and the president’s coverage mandate. “I don’t think religion should be too involved in politics,” he said. “But I also don’t think the government and politics should be overly involved in the church. And that’s our problem here. You’ve got a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the church. That bothers me.”
Meanwhile, the interview comes a day after the New York Daily News reported that Joseph Amodeo, a member of the executive committee of the junior board of the city’s branch of Catholic Charities, quit over Dolan’s stance on gay rights.
The resignation was provoked by Dolan’s response to criticism from the founder of a center for homeless LGBT youth. When the founder wrote to Dolan that his “loud and strident voice against the acceptance of LGBT people” creates an environment in which parents are likely to “turn on their own children.” Dolan responded:
“For you to make the allegations and insinuations you do in your letter based on my adherence to the clear teachings of the Church is not only unfair and unjust, but inflammatory,” Dolan wrote. “Neither I nor anyone in the Church would ever tolerate hatred of or prejudice towards any of the Lord’s children.”
Amodeo’s resignation letter read:
As a gay Catholic who teaches religious education (more than eight years in service to the Archdiocese of New York), is active in parish life and supports Catholic organizations, I’m afraid that the Archbishop has caused my heart to ache and my soul to feel pierced.
At mass today Dolan joked about how his crowds could not compete with Tim Tebow’s in Texas discussed how “Jesus Christ is still alive.”