While many celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage at Sunday's New York City Pride March, the head of Catholic Archdiocese of New York said it was a time of great sadness. NY1's CeFaan Kim filed the following report.
In his first Sunday Mass since the passage of same-sex marriage in New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan did not mention the issue in his homily. The head of the local Catholic archdiocese said he did not want distractions during a time of worship.
"Well, this is about prayer, and I sort of needed a good dose of the lord's grace and mercy because I've been down a little recently, as you might imagine," said the archbishop.
Dolan said he was disappointed by the historic and divisive vote by the State Senate, but he admitted he saw it coming and that it is time to move on.
"I can say this now, but I don't know if I was that surprised," said the archbishop. "Because I had been led to believe from the beginning, by people who are a lot smarter on this than I am, that this is a tough, uphill battle."
Parishioners who both supported and objected to same-sex marriage said they did not mind that Dolan chose to avoid the issue during Mass.
"All the things that are going on in the world today, this can't be that big of an issue. All the war, all the death and all the pain and suffering," said one worshipper.
"We know where the archbishop and all the archbishops in America stand on this. I really don't think he needed to say anything about it or politicize it," said another. "It's already been voted on and it's sad that that's the way it turned out."
Meanwhile, Dolan extended an olive branch of sorts to the gay community. He said he is grateful for the many gay Catholics trying to heroically live their faith under difficult circumstances.
"To the gay community, I love you very much," said Dolan. "If anything I ever said or did would lead you to believe that I have anything less than love and respect for you, I apologize."
While Dolan delivered his message inside the Cathedral, a small group of same sex-marriage supporters rallied outside the church.
Protestors said they hope there can be a new beginning between the two sides.
"It's a good opening. We certainly have no animosity towards our archbishop," said a demonstrator. "We're always open for dialogue and we'd like to see them support us."