• His Holiness    March 9 
The Pope doesn't support same-sex marriage — but he wants to know why some states do

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York on Sunday clarified recent remarks by Pope Francis on same-sex marriage, saying on Meet the Press that Francis "didn't come right out and say he was for them." However, Dolan said the Pope believes the Catholic Church should review why so many states have legalized same-sex marriage to better understand the issue.

"In an extraordinarily sincere, open, nuanced way, [Francis] said, 'I know that some people in some states have chosen this,'" Dolan said of the Pope's recent suggestion, in a wide-ranging interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, that the church could soften its stance on marriage equality. "'We need to think about that and look into it and see the reasons that have driven them.'"

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