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Chicago Cardinal Warns of Gay Pride 'Ku Klux Klan' Against the Catholic Church: VIDEO


Because this year's Chicago Gay Pride parade was rerouted earlier this year and will pass in front of Chicago's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Catholic leaders are speaking out against it.

"You don't want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism." he said on FOX Chicago Sunday.

Openly gay State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), whose district includes the Gay Pride parade route, criticized the Cardinal’s “unfortunate choice of words.” Harris predicted “it probably will provoke other unfortunate words” from some gay activists.

Watch a report from Chicago's FOX affiliate, AFTER THE JUMP...

Cardinal Francis George Warns That Chicago Gay Pride Parade Might 'Morph Into Ku Klux Klan':


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  1. Humpty Dumpty plays the christer victim card.

    Also, "the gay liberation movement" is a 40+ year old expression... right about the time Cardinal Dumpty would have been in his youthful indiscretion stage. Hmmmm.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 22, 2011 8:39:32 AM

  2. Once again-the Catholic Church speaking about anything to with ethical and moral issues is laughable given their esteemed track record- go away before a house or better yet-a church falls on you

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 22, 2011 8:45:33 AM

  3. Miss Thing longs for martyrdom. She ain't gonna get it. As we all know by now the most efficient way to destroy the Catholic Church is to take away its money in a court of law.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 22, 2011 8:57:16 AM

  4. The bishop is obviously making a not-so oblique reference to the KKK marching in the largely Jewish Skokie, Il. His analogy has all the necessary parts, but the analogues are reversed.

    Posted by: unpoetaloco | Dec 22, 2011 9:04:38 AM

  5. Just another old homophobic Papist who can't keep his big mouth shut. A leader of the Catholic Church is one of the last people I'd listen to regarding how to treat your fellow human being. From rampant pedophilia, to abuse of Catholic school students and orphans, to suppression of native peoples, and to war, famine & torture, the Catholic Church has a many centuries' old record NOT to be admired by people of true faith and humanity.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 22, 2011 9:16:18 AM

  6. How sad since, as a Chicago resident, every Pride I have to see evangelicals protest against gay people while standing on the steps of a church.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Dec 22, 2011 9:30:15 AM

  7. I think it's time for the Cardinal to head back to Remulak.

    Posted by: XT | Dec 22, 2011 9:31:39 AM

  8. Well, be careful what you say about the church. We don't want them 'morphing' into an institution that tolerates spreading HIV/AIDS on the continent of Africa and elsewhere or creates massive amounts of child rape and....umm...oh.

    Posted by: princely54 | Dec 22, 2011 9:34:46 AM

  9. forgive him Father for he appears to be a Conehead.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Dec 22, 2011 9:38:04 AM

  10. Well, perhaps SOME gay activists are extreme in their views. But then SOME Catholics want to put gay people to death.

    Where I live (not Chicago), Catholics church officials have come out in opposition to EVERY gay rights law. And yet they say they don't gay hate people but rather love them the way Jesus commands. If the Catholic church were running things gay people would be unemployed, homeless, and in jail. They have a peculiar way of showing their love.

    Posted by: Charlie | Dec 22, 2011 9:40:35 AM

  11. Does the church not have a rear entrance for use on the day of the parade?

    Posted by: John | Dec 22, 2011 9:48:15 AM

  12. 'Frank' needs to be careful on what he say and how...

    Posted by: mike/ | Dec 22, 2011 9:48:50 AM

  13. Kinda glad I wasn't the only one to make the Conehead connection.

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 22, 2011 9:51:41 AM

  14. You don't own the f-ing street. This ain't Salt Lake City.

    Posted by: Patrick Wellington III | Dec 22, 2011 9:53:58 AM

  15. John, I think the Catholic Church realizes that allowing the usage of it's 'rear entrance' would be the wrong message to send on gay pride day ;)

    Posted by: Gwyn | Dec 22, 2011 9:54:21 AM

  16. I imagine a lot of Chicago's Roman catholic families won't very much like their bishop's saying ugly things about their gay family members and other loved ones. Especially at the holiday season when both church and family life are so important for so many. Some pastor, huh?

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 22, 2011 9:59:09 AM

  17. The Chicago Gay Pride parade (which has had a number of churches and religious organizations that march in the parade itself) has ALWAYS marched passed several churches without any kind of anti-religious sentiment.

    This isn't about Catholicism, this is about a change in the parade route and a bunch of NIMBY's in a wealthy neighborhood are getting their panties in a twist because for a single Sunday Morning they will be mildly inconvenienced and they are using the Sunday morning services as an excuse to object.

    The Cardinal would have been much better off keeping his mouth shut on the issue.

    Posted by: badlydrawnbear | Dec 22, 2011 10:18:04 AM

  18. You know what would be a very cool response to this. If Chicago Pride organizers roped off an area around the entrance to this parish making it easy for the elderly that still go to weekly mass to easily pass and greet them all with smiles saying GOOD MORNING HAPPY PRIDE, ENJOY MASS HAVE A GREAT DAY. Kill ‘um with kindness I always say, best antidote to HIS GRACE here.

    Posted by: NE Rich | Dec 22, 2011 10:23:36 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 22, 2011 10:25:10 AM

  20. The Catholic Church is not the enemy. Most Catholics support equality for LGBT people, according to recent polls. The enemy is the leadership of the Catholic Church which asserts that they speak for the whole church. Cardinal George is the enemy. Benedict XVI (or Maledict as Frank Kameny used to call him) is the enemy.

    Posted by: john patrick | Dec 22, 2011 11:07:55 AM

  21. I think I agree with Cardinal George..... But I don't want to pass in front of the Church because I think if we do Americans might confuse us with that group of pedophiles inside.

    Posted by: LJ | Dec 22, 2011 11:25:54 AM

  22. I am a regular parishioner at Mt. Carmel, in the Parish's defense having the parade at that time and location would make attending Mass impossible that Sunday. It is an old church, there are no back entrances, if the street is closed and the sidewalk jam packed, it would shut the church down.

    Mt. Carmel is about as gay friendly as a church can be. Many in the congregation are gay including ushers, lay ministers, and not surprisingly members of the choir. The church also hosts and evening Mass every Sunday specifically for the GLBT community.

    The Cardinals comments are totally out of line with the Pastor's concerns which were primarily logistical. I do not understand why the Cardinal would escalate the situation with these careless and harmful comments.

    It is a friendly parish in the middle of Boystown with many gay parishoners. I have included the text from the petition that was sent around below, it is far from the rhetoric and vitriolic words of the Cardinal.

    "We the undersigned, who live, work, and/or worship in the 44th Ward, strenuously urge the City to re-route and reschedule the Chicago Pride Parade so that it does not pass down Belmont in front of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on a Sunday morning. The new route parade and time will deprive us of the ability to fulfill our obligation to worship at church."

    Posted by: chris | Dec 22, 2011 12:08:58 PM

  23. Chris@ thanks for such a measured and informative response. Sounds like an exceptional congregation.

    Posted by: uffda | Dec 22, 2011 12:20:37 PM

  24. "Does the church not have a rear entrance for use on the day of the parade?"

    Yes, it's through the rectory.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 22, 2011 12:39:02 PM

  25. It is only one Sunday and the Church does not own the Street.
    Gay Liberation Movement / KKK ??? If the church would keep its nose out of politics GLBTs would not have the hostility we do toward this man made institution.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Dec 22, 2011 12:59:56 PM

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