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NEW YORK, June 8, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Call or write your congressman.
This was the bottom-line message from New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan to Mass-going Catholics across his archdiocese this past Sunday.
In a letter read from pulpits, His Eminence pleaded with parishioners to get in touch with state lawmakers and urge them to stop blocking legislation that would help fund Catholic as well as other private schools.
Behind the scenes, the legislation has little chance of passing because so many state lawmakers are answerable to the politically powerful New York state teachers' union. Sources close to the archdiocese tell Church Militant that Dolan had privately agreed to not fight against same-sex marriage in New York in 2011 in exchange for cash for Catholic schools.
This information seems credible because Dolan and most of the other bishops in New York were deadly silent during the debate back in 2011 — so silent were they, in fact, that even The New York Times commented that the Catholic Church was nowhere to be found during the debate, calling Dolan's presence during the same-sex marriage debate "low-key."
The Sunday immediately following the vote, Dolan mentioned nothing of the approval of same-sex marriage in the Empire State at his homily during his usual Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown.
When asked by reporters following Mass, Dolan actually apologized to anyone who was offended at Church teaching regarding the sin of homosexual activity.
In the following years, the debate over public funding being given to Catholic schools has headed in a direction Dolan may not have anticipated, as he may have been expecting he would get his desired funding as payback for his silence with regard to the gay marriage vote.
At this late hour, it appears he may have been double-crossed, hence the unusual appeal from the pulpits this past Sunday.