From the Catholic site Crux Now:
Pope Francis’s reported comment to a Chilean sexual abuse survivor, “That you are gay doesn’t matter,” has made major headlines in recent days – and on Tuesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York affirmed Francis’s comments, saying “Jesus would have said that.”
“Juan Carlos, that you are gay doesn’t matter,” Francis reportedly told clerical sexual abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz. “God made you like this and loves you like this and it doesn’t matter to me. The pope loves you like this, you have to be happy with who you are.”
“What he says is beautiful,” Dolan said of Francis’s comments. “That’s sort of conservative, traditional, Catholic, orthodox teaching. The Catechism insists on that,” he added. Dolan went on to add that “while any sexual expression outside of a man and woman in marriage is contrary to God’s purpose, so is not treating anyone, including a gay person, with anything less than dignity and respect.”
According to Dolan, neither he nor the pope are qualified to say whether people are actually born gay because there is “ongoing debate” whether it’s nature or nurture. God doesn’t control nature, apparently.
RELATED: Late last year Dolan endorsed a web campaign which calls on homosexuals to live loveless lives of chastity. Dolan, you may recall, has a sordid history of shifting Catholic funds into unreachable accounts so that sexual abuse victims don’t get their settlements.