WATCH: Despite Pope's Remarks, Cardinal Says Homosexual Acts are Still Sinful

In a recent interview, Cardinal Timothy Dolan downplayed earlier comments from the Pope who claimed it wasn’t his place to pass judgment on gay priests.

BY Jase Peeples

July 30 2013 2:23 PM ET

During an interview with CBS This Morning, Cardinal Timothy Dolan denied the Roman Catholic Church had softened its staunch opposition to homosexuality after Prope Francis told a group of reporters on Monday that it isn't his place to pass judgment on gay priests, reports Think Progress.

Dolan insisted that the Pope was “articulating… the traditional teachings of the church,” and clarified that the church still believes “homosexual acts” are a sin.

“Homosexuality is not a sin, right? Homosexual acts are,” Dolan told CBS, adding that “while certain acts may be wrong,” the pope “would always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity and not judge them.”

Dolan, the archbishop of New York and the nation's highest-ranking cardinal, is no stranger to antigay statements. On Easter Sunday, he told ABC's George Stephanapolous that gay Catholics are entitled to friendship, but not a committed relationship. While delivering the benediction at the Democratic National Convention last year, Dolan appeared to pray for divine intervention to stop the rising tide of acceptance for marriage equality. 

Watch a segment from the CBS interview below.

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