Ross Murray at the WaPo has some suggestions for Cardinal Dolan. As outlined here, I think it’s good advice:
- (S)top talking about LGBT people and spend more time listening to them.
- If Cardinal Dolan cannot talk about LGBT people without uttering words of condemnation, he should simply stop talking about LGBT people in general.
- Cardinal Dolan could turn his stated love into tangible action that would help real LGBT people in their day-to-day lives.
The first one is always good–listen to people. Of course, it got Jesus in trouble, even amazing his own disciples. Of course, all the Jovial One needed to do was invite the wrong dinner guest to get on the Right hot seat.
Mr Murray is right. There are important issues confronting LGBT people that impact life and breath: homelessness is a particular calling out. Summing up:
God’s love is felt, not simply stated. When Cardinal Dolan makes such blatant attacks on LGBT people, it makes his “I love you and God loves you” in front of the media ring hollow. Such expressions of love need to be backed up with tangible action. Do something that demonstrates that church leaders view LGBT people as more than a threat or a curse.
Cardinal Dolan can keep saying that he loves us and God does too, but until he turns away from the camera to actually listen to the stories of our lives, these words will have no meaning.
Is there a bit of a thaw in the attitude of the Archbishop of New York?