Below is an excerpt of Cardinal Dolan’s reason for leading a parade that will include the celebration of Sodomites:
… the most important question I had to ask myself was this: does the new policy violate Catholic faith or morals? If it does, then the Committee has compromised the integrity of the Parade, and I must object and refuse to participate or support it.
From my review, it does not. Catholic teaching is clear: “being Gay” is not a sin, nor contrary to God’s revealed morals. Homosexual actions are—as are any sexual relations outside of the lifelong, faithful, loving, lifegiving bond of a man and woman in marriage—a moral teaching grounded in the Bible, reflected in nature, and faithfully taught by the Church.
So, while actions are immoral, identity is not! In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, people with same-sex attraction are God’s children, deserving dignity and respect, never to be treated with discrimination or injustice.
To the point: the committee’s decision allows a group to publicize its identity, not promote actions contrary to the values of the Church that are such an essential part of Irish culture. I have been assured that the new group marching is not promoting an agenda contrary to Church teaching, but simply identifying themselves as “Gay people of Irish ancestry.”
In other words, the Cardinal argues that one can participate in a parade that celebrates sodomy because the identity of Sodomites is not a sin, only the action of sodomy is a sin. One must ask the question: should one lead a parade that celebrates the identity of pedophiles as long as one makes the distinction between celebrating their identity rather than their actions? If not, why not? If so, would anyone really believe that a person is merely celebrating the identity of pedophilia rather than the act? Even if one were so naive, should the identity of an act that is gravely immoral really be celebrated? If so, why? What does one gain by celebrating the identity of a grave evil while maintaining the act is evil given the extreme possibility of scandal? One wonders if the good cardinal would be willing to celebrate the identity of Satanists as well, as long as he states that the acts of Satanism are wrong, while the identity is good.
Is anyone really buying the cardinal’s excuse?