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Chicago Cardinal Defends Comparison of Gays to KKK

Chicago Cardinal Francis George, who last week compared the Gay Pride parade to a march by the KKK, defended his remarks on the Church's website yesterday:

GeorgeThe Chicago Gay Pride Parade has been organized and attended for many years without interfering with the worship of God in a Catholic church. When the 2012 Parade organizers announced a time and route change this year, it was apparent that the Parade would interfere with divine worship in a Catholic parish on the new route. When the pastor's request for reconsideration of the plans was ignored, the organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940's, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.

It is terribly wrong and sinful that gays and lesbians have been harassed and subjected to psychological and even physical harm. These tragedies can be addressed, however, without disturbing the organized and orderly public worship of God in a country that claims to be free. I am grateful that all parties concerned resolved this problem by moving the Parade's start time so as not to conflict with the celebration of Mass that Sunday.

The Catholic leader has so far resisted calls for his resignation.

Writes journalist Rex Wockner, in a note received by Towleroad:

"The Chicago gay pride parade attracts 800,000 people. It proceeds through a heavily congested, dense urban cityscape. Absolutely positively everything in its wake is disrupted. What on earth makes one service at one church on one day special enough to change the start time of a gigantic parade? Let alone excuses comparing 'the gay liberation movement' with the 'Ku Klux Klan'? No, cardinal, the gay pride committee is not targeting the Catholic church. 'The gay liberation movement' is not targeting the Catholic church either. Your church building is affected in no way any different from hundreds upon hundreds of buildings for miles in all directions (Lake Michigan notwithstanding). You really do need to get out more."

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  1. If the catholic church actually respected LGBT people, then the Pride parade marching by wouldn't be an issue. The fact that this cardinal wants out to be silent while he celebrates his "divine mass" is certainly symbolic. I grew up in the catholic church, and haven't heard anything that sounds remotely divine from a member of the church hierarchy for as long as I can remember. (Though I do know many great catholics - sadly the church itself *is* out of step.)

    Posted by: mike128 | Dec 28, 2011 11:55:52 AM

  2. The day this man hits 75, the mandatory retirement age, he ought to be removed from his position, his comments point out he is nothing more that a church appointed and supported bigot.

    Posted by: lk | Dec 28, 2011 12:01:36 PM

  3. The City of Chicago must also be like the KKK. They were involved in the decision to re-route the parade due to severe traffic issues.

    Posted by: Bubba | Dec 28, 2011 12:09:47 PM

  4. Why does the flailing of men that believe and worship nonsense warrant so much media attention? When these bad drag queens squeak out a bigoted complaint the blogs and news can't wait to spread their words. They monitor the movie rating system and so many political leaders actions... I just don't get their importance outside of their closed little churches.

    Posted by: Michael J. Hildebrand | Dec 28, 2011 12:12:42 PM

  5. How can there be divine worship in a church with a priesthood of rapists, a church who has hundreds of years of practicing crimes against humanity?

    Posted by: Ricco | Dec 28, 2011 12:18:48 PM

  6. I suggest the church be shut down, closed, and moved to Vatican City. It has no place in American society.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 28, 2011 12:20:49 PM

  7. I wonder how many little altar boys he has made confessions for?

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 28, 2011 12:21:37 PM

  8. @LK - i fear that his doing what he did will ensure that his mandatory resignation is not accepted by Benedict; i also can make the assumption that it was orchestrated for this purpose; i think 'Frank' can be a bit of a drama queen, errr, i mean sycophant...

    Posted by: mike/ | Dec 28, 2011 12:22:30 PM

  9. What a great christmas gift! Please, please, please keep talking, cardinal. Every time you open your mouth you reconfirm the poison of hate that is inherent in your theology.

    Posted by: JT | Dec 28, 2011 12:36:12 PM

  10. Left out of Cardinal Crybaby's argument is the fact that the old parade route was just as disruptive to his weekly child molestation coverup session. The old route went up Halsted Street and down Broadway, with the street his House of Sin sits on--Belmont--in between. His worshipers were thus boxed in both sides and would have had difficulty getting to the church for mass during previous parades unless they were coming from the south.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 28, 2011 12:39:19 PM

  11. So, what does the Cardinal think about the Twin Cities Marathon, which passes directly in front of the Cathedral of St. Paul (just prior to the finish line) every year? Since it also "interfere(s) with divine worship in a Catholic parish" (believe me, it does), it must also wish to "stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church" like that other organization - the Ku Klux Klan.

    Read more:

    Posted by: MSPBI | Dec 28, 2011 12:40:42 PM

  12. Jackass who provides child molesters with free homes.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Dec 28, 2011 12:46:44 PM

  13. Guys, this isn't big enough of an issue. Gaga's Marry The Night flopped and we need to help her career.

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    Posted by: Stephanie | Dec 28, 2011 1:32:20 PM

  14. Doesn't he have any pedophiles to aid and abet or crimes to be an accessory after the fact to? You'd think that would keep him busy enough.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 28, 2011 1:37:55 PM

  15. When Cardinal George's rebuttal to a complaint sent to him appeared in my inbox this am, I saw red. His faulty reasoning that because the organizers didn't bow to HIS wishes to reroute the parade, they somehow invite comparisons to the KKK? "Attempt to stifle the catholic church"? Really, tax-exempt status and more money than they know what to do with, so they join Mormons to throw cash at the PropH8 supporters! Poor, widdle catholic church.

    Posted by: MichaelD1026 | Dec 28, 2011 2:45:02 PM

  16. His reasoning is faulty for some very big reasons. To wit, the whole of US society is built around the free time away from work available on weekends to attend religious ceremonies. It's this exemption from the workday regime that empowers him so as weekday church attendance is minimal. So, the irony is that the free time allotted for church attendance also makes it the proper time for parades and other secular activities and helps minimize their impact on society. Weekends have become a magnet drawing in activities that give people a "second life". Also, are there no other parades? Has he complained about any other parade?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 28, 2011 2:55:40 PM

  17. While I detested his comparison, he does have sort of a point. There's no need for the parade to disrupt a service which needs quiet to proceed. We must be willing to give a little if we want our movement to continue making progress.

    Posted by: ophu | Dec 28, 2011 2:56:47 PM

  18. IMO, the Catholic Church absolutely positively disrupts everything in its wake. Has forever.

    Posted by: oliver | Dec 28, 2011 3:00:01 PM

  19. Yes cardinal George, our hometown has almost 10 million residents who "claim to be free" and Chicagoans exercise that freedom in 10 million different ways. That fear in your voice is the sound of the epic failure of your church to serve its people. I guarantee you on Pride Sunday there will NOT be 800,000 people in all Chicago's Catholic churches and there never will be on any given Sunday. I'm certain on Pride Sunday Jesus would rather hang out with us on Halsted St and not your phony righteous crew in robes.

    Posted by: chiman | Dec 28, 2011 5:31:53 PM

  20. My trip to Remulak to consume "mass" quantities with francis george has been postponed. Beldar & I will be taking Connie to Chicago instead for fun & games with the earthling. We'll be bringing him a nice hat for the holidays!

    Posted by: Paul B. | Dec 28, 2011 6:08:35 PM

  21. How can Cardinal George, an old pederast, cast aspersions at anyone else. Perhaps he should stay in the rectory with his latest boy toy.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 28, 2011 7:41:57 PM

  22. Pardon me if I'm wrong, but I thought I read that the "gay community" didn't have a THING to do with the changes to the parade's route. The changes were made at the request of the CITY so the parade would cause fewer traffic problems. It seems very unlikely the parade organizers went to the city and said, "We want the parade to detour HERE so we can screw up church services for Cardinal George."

    Cardinal George is just in a snit because Illinois Catholics are shutting down their adoption services (they're being moved to private services), so his favorite ministry, The Fish In A Barrel Home For Boys, will be closing its doors.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 28, 2011 8:01:41 PM

  23. The powerful Catholic Church in Chicago has been a force for hate much too long. In the Movie "Magic Christian" with Ringo Starr... There is a line in it that asked the Question about how to win a war game. "When will there be Peace?"

    A. "When the last Cathedral is not standing."

    The same goes for here in Chicago and all the Vatican franchises everywhere!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacherj | Dec 29, 2011 6:44:46 AM

  24. It's time to get rid of the tax-exemption for churches.

    Posted by: jay_max | Dec 29, 2011 9:19:52 AM

  25. I do not see him complaining that the Columbus Day parade or the St Patrick's Day parade "..proceeds through a heavily congested, dense urban cityscape. Absolutely positively everything in its wake is disrupted." Could he be upset that Gay Pride parade attracts of approximately 800,000 attendees and the St Patrick's Day parade only attracts approximately 350,000?

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 29, 2011 7:50:29 PM

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