New York City —
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, also the Archbishop of New York, on Friday blamed the Roman Catholic church's obsession with gays on the media.
Dolan, who was among the Cardinals vying to replace Pope Benedict XVI, appeared on CBS This Morning
to discuss Pope Francis saying that the church should pay less attention to its rules on abortion, gay marriage and contraception.
"We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel," Francis said.
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"I love him. Everyday, I think thank God he was elected," Dolan said.
"Do you agree, has the church spent too much time talking about abortion, gays, homosexuality, and contraception?" co-anchor Norah O'Donnell asked.
"I wonder if we all spend too much time talking about that. I mean you guys would admit that's usually the things you ask me about, right? So, I don't know if it's just the church that seems obsessed with those issues. It seems to be culture, society," Dolan answered.
However, Dolan, as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has made opposing gay marriage a central tenet of the group. The USCCB hosts the website Marriage: Unique for a Reason, which calls on Catholics to support efforts to define marriage as only a heterosexual union.
Dolan also vocally opposed passage of New York's gay marriage law, calling it "Orwellian social engineering."