|Inappropriately Non-Judgmental Cardinal|
Cardinal Dolan is the cardinal who is perpetually running for mayor in an imaginary election. Which is to say he has the instincts of a glad-handing politician. When asked about the homosexual athlete on Meet the Press he was faced with a question he should have prepared for, but didn't.
He was so anxious to avoid the cultural third rail of "homophobia" on television, he followed Pope Francis' "Who am I to judge?" lead. Unfortunately, it came out in Dolan-speak as outright approval. In other words, I don't think Dolan changed bedrock moral teaching. I think he was merely careless, and appears to have valued the opinion of men over the moral witness of the Church. If you've heard Dolan before, he's all about being the jolliest, nicest guy in the room.
What we really need are cardinals who are clever enough to dodge their Church's moral teachings without enthusiastically denying them. I'm optimistic that, with a little preparation, we can do this. That way, they get to be not criticized in the press, and we get to not be startled by cardinals apparently endorsing sins that cry out to Heaven.