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Cardinal Dolan Says Catholic Church Has Been ‘Out-Marketed’ on Gay Marriage

NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  Archbishop Timothy Dolan smiles during his first service as Archbishop during his Mass of Installation at St. Patrick's Cathedral April 15, 2009 in New York City. Dolan, 59, the former Milwaukee archbishop, is taking over the nation's second-largest diocese from Cardinal Edward Egan who is retiring as New York's archbishop after nine years. He becomes the 13th Pastor of the Archdiocese of New York.  (Photo by Robert Sabo-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Timothy Dolan

"We've been caricatured as being anti-gay. We’re pro-marriage, we’re pro-traditional marriage, we’re not anti-anybody," said the New York Cardinal during an appearance on Meet the Press. (This isn't the first time he's made this argument.) But, "When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it's a tough battle." On the other hand, until recently, the Church had a long history of successfully selling its agenda to the public, so it seems that the secular PR machine might not be the reason they're losing with this particular issue.

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