Who am I to judge a Cardinal of the Catholic Church?
I'm just commenting on the "Dolan effect".
"This is why Jesus, instead of entering into a dialogue like Eve, chooses to take refuge in God's Word and responds with the power of this Word. We should remember this when we are tempted ourselves: do not argue with Satan, always defend ourselves with the Word of God. And this will save us". - Pope Francis VIS
"An overly benign interpretation was given to the homosexual condition itself, some going so far as to call it neutral, or even good." *
I've pretty much stopped reading 'gay and Catholic' blogs - just because I get bored with the endless dialogue and efforts to somehow establish "gay is good" and needs to be recognized as such.
That's already happened - to an extent - especially with Cardinal Dolan's most recent congratulations to Michael Sam for coming out, saying: "Bravo!" "Congratulations!" The NY Archdiocese issued a statement that the Cardinal didn't mean it that way and that he supports Courage and so on - which may be true, but it doesn't change the impression it made - essentially that "gay is good". Call it the Dolan effect. Yet as I said before - the attitude is already prevalent in Catholic parishes and schools: universities and colleges, even the USCCB. Call it The New Ways Ministry effect. They're here and they're queer.
What remains is to develop doctrine to support it.
I'm against it.
*From the often ignored, if not rejected "Letter to Bishops ..."
Explicit treatment of the problem was given in this Congregation's "Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics" of December 29, 1975. That document stressed the duty of trying to understand the homosexual condition and noted that culpability for homosexual acts should only be judged with prudence. At the same time the Congregation took note of the distinction commonly drawn between the homosexual condition or tendency and individual homosexual actions. These were described as deprived of their essential and indispensable finality, as being "intrinsically disordered", and able in no case to be approved of (cf. n. 8, $4).
In the discussion which followed the publication of the Declaration, however, an overly benign interpretation was given to the homosexual condition itself, some going so far as to call it neutral, or even good. Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.
Therefore special concern and pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out of this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not. - CDF