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NCR columnist: NY marriage bill a sign of ‘twilight’ of church’s power

June 28, 2011

Strong words for New York bishops from Jamie Manson in her Grace on the Margins column in the National Catholic Reporter. Manson examines the responses of Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the passage of the New York gay marriage bill.

After Mass on Sunday, Dolan said he was “down.” DiMarzio, in a Daily News op-ed, described the passage as “another nail in the coffin of marriage” and said he was especially concerned about the effect this will have on the children of NY state.

Manson, a gay Catholic, points out that some of the lawmakers who paved the way for the bill’s passage were Catholic, which leads her to conclude that the real disappointment for bishops is that they aren’t relevant anymore.

One wonders whether Dolan’s depression and DiMarzio’s mania was less a reaction to New York’s eroding moral fabric than it was a realization of the twilight of their once formidable power over New York politics.

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