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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. I know the catholic church from the inside. I was a Franciscan brother studying for the priesthood for 6 years. Later , i was a social studies teacher and guidance counselor in a catholic high school for 35 years. The church is filled with good gay priests and brothers, most of whom spend there lives in the service of their fellow man. However, at the top there is a hierarchy that wants to deny all of that good service. What they do is hide the evil that a few pedaphiles and "chicken hawks" do to innocent children. A priest friend of mine used to say that the Catholic church was like a bucket of stagnant water ;the scum rises to the top.

    Posted by: jack | Dec 30, 2011 1:56:33 AM

  2. Boy, is the Cardinal's logic off -- first, though -- he has a gay nephew, his sister's kid. And he says of that man: "he's a fine man." But he says too of all gays, we are "intrinsically evil." So which is it, sir? Evil or Fine? Can we truly be both? Can your own flesh and blood, your nephew, truly be both? How do you speak to him at family gatherings, presuming you are invited, while thinking he is "evil"? I find that so very odd, and far from your pastoral mission to accept even the least of God's creatures. You apparently think we are less than that, sadly.

    And then, the KKK is all about a power trip to exclude people from society (geez, sounds like the Cardinal and his Church,) and the gay rights movement is Jesus based: "Love they neighbor as thyself." We sir, have begged for inclusion -- which is 100% opposite from the KKK's preaching of exclusion. You are historically illiterate, apparently, and unable to think logically about such a simply thing called "comparisons of like things." The Church and the KKK have far more in common with each other than any gay group has with either of your pointy hat crews.

    And what street then would you recommend we march down? For it would seem that some church is on every street -- and does that mean you would have us take a convoluted merry-go-round of a route so as to never sully the sidewalks we pay for on which your churches sit tax free? Egad, sir, you are a confused man.

    Posted by: Jim Hlavac | Dec 30, 2011 11:15:07 PM

  3. Maybe the church doesnt like homosexuals because the Bible says it's wrong!

    Posted by: jp | Jan 19, 2012 8:34:06 PM

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