Catholic Bullshitter Timothy Dolan: Church Is Being ‘Out-Marketed’Doug Barry12/01/13 4:30pmFiled to: lgbtqcatholic churchtimothy dolannotable/quotablegay rightsreligionchurchpope francis1215EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWell, Cardinal Timothy Dolan isn't exactly wrong when he insists that the Catholic Church is being "out-marketed" when it comes to gay rights, but his reasoning that the powerful Hollywood marketing machine has somehow distorted the issue and undermined the Church's once-powerful propaganda machine is bullshit. The Catholic Church has done that all by itself.AdvertisementSpeaking on NBC's Meet the Press — that news program tailor-made for self-justifying blowhards all over the country — Dolan all but admitted that the Church is losing the argument about gay rights (because the Church would more or less like to deny gay people certain critical elements of what it means to be a full-fledged person).When asked whether the Church is "losing the argument" about gay rights, Dolan said:AdvertisementWell, I think maybe we've been out-marketed, sometimes. We've been caricatured as being anti-gay. And as much as we'd say, 'Wait a minute, we're pro marriage, we're pro traditional marriage, we're not anti anybody,' I don't know. 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.Yeah, because Hollywood has forced the Church to take a stance against same-sex marriage. On the one hand, the Church does get picked on an awful lot these days, both here and elsewhere in the world of people too hip and post-modern to take the anachronistic machinations of a desiccated religious bureaucracy seriously. It's trendy and easy to pick on the Church, even if Pope Francis gives reasonable Catholics hope for a brighter, more inclusive future.