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Catholic Bishop Balks As Illinois Lawmakers Move On Marriage

6a00d8341c730253ef017742f3edb4970d-800wiThis is going to be a whirlwind week for marriage equality in Illinois. In fact, it already has been.

Supportive state senators and equality activists say they are almost ready to hold a vote as early as tomorrow. State Sen. Heather Steans, sponsor of the marriage equality bill on her side of the legislative divide, said she's confident they can get the votes needed to send the bill to the state House early next week, which means pro-equality lawmakers may meet their goal of passing marriage equality in Illinois by January 9, the end of the current session.

Well aware of the developments happening in the Prairie State, Chicago's Catholic Cardinal, Francis George, and other Illinois Catholic leaders released a letter yesterday telling parishioners to demand lawmakers put a stop to equality before marriage is "redefined" beyond recognition.

"Civil laws that establish 'same-sex marriage' create a legal fiction. The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible," George and his colleagues wrote.

We will all have to pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race. Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same-sex arrangements will be regarded in law as discriminatory, the equivalent of bigots.

The men insist, however, their opposition does not mean they're anti-gay. "Does this mean that the Church is anti-gay? No, for the Church welcomes everyone, respects each one personally and gives to each the spiritual means necessary to convert to God's ways and maintain friendship with Christ." They also condemn anti-gay hate crimes, they say.

The Civil Rights Agenda's Equal Marriage Illinois project released a statement last night condemning the Cardinal's comments.

"It is unfortunate for Cardinal George that he has chosen not to join the growing number of religious leaders and faithful lay people across Illinois – including many devout Catholics," said CRA's Senior Policy Advisor Rick Garcia, who is also the Director of the Equal Marriage Illinois Project. He is referencing the recent coalition of over 250 Illinois-based religious leaders who came out for marriage equality.

Garcia went on, "People of all backgrounds and beliefs are standing up for equality under the law, the protection of families, and the advancement of religious and individual freedom here in the Land of Lincoln."

And those advancements are coming sooner than many dreamed.

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  1. Once again- representatives of the cult that is Catholicism have no moral standing on any issue pertinent to the well being of anyone.
    Until they clean up their respective chapels -they can refrain from commenting-period.

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 2, 2013 8:45:06 AM


  2. Once again--the prelates of the Catholic church lie on the floor kicking their little feet and banging their little fists, crying, "no, no, no, we won't have it, we won't, we won't, wah, wah, wah....."

    Some adults look on in embarrassment or befuddlement, but it has become quite amusing and something to look forward to.

    Posted by: Merry & Gay | Jan 2, 2013 9:00:18 AM


  3. Yes, the majority of fair minded people want to move on - why should we be stuck with an outmoded historical definition of marriage when all that we want to have is a similar contractual relationship as the straights have.

    If they start with the "marriage is sacred" refrain, well that's a private religious matter but has no relevance to the civil legal definition of marriage which is entirely contractual and secular.

    But the Catholic church is getting really desperate; it would never have formed alliance with other churches before the marriage issue. It always regarded it self as the one, true church.
    Now it is seeking support with the evangelicals and baptists to oppose marriage equality.
    What strange bedfellows this desperation makes.
    (I'm beginning to sound like an endless loop tape.)

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 2, 2013 9:18:51 AM


  4. "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."

    Funny that the Church takes such a stance since it has been insisting for centuries that the unnatural process of resurrection is possible!

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 2, 2013 9:21:08 AM


  5. "We will all have to pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race. Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same-sex arrangements will be regarded in law as discriminatory, the equivalent of bigots."

    Okay, let's take this apart sentence by sentence: first, no one will have to pretend anything. Just like most Americans don't have to pretend that men who never marry, never have children, where robes and foppy hats, have overseen the cover-up of the biggest child sexual molestation ring in history, take money from their poorest members and live and eat well, know anything about marriage or raising a family.

    And please define what is common sense when it comes to the human race. The Catholic heirarchy only wants to define a very narrow view of it. Interesting coming from people who believe there was a garden with a talking snake. They can believe moralistic fairy tales as real but not understand that the human race is vast, facetted and far more interesting and unique than their tiny experience.

    And yes, those who find it just impossible to understand that whatever their Church believes isn't the law of this country or any other, are bigots. But coming from an organization that subjugates women so obviously and discriminatorily, that's no shock. Bottom line, this country, it's people, are not about the Catholic Church. Don't like that, move to Vatican City and hide out. The rest of the world will keep on thriving and God will bless all love and you can live in your own private hell of dark hearts and bilious hatred and continue to tell yourself you're not a bigot. Because recognizing that, not long after you finally -- after decades of harboring criminals -- had to admit you were running an organization that condoned the sexual abuse of children -- would be cataclysmic for the Catholic Church.

    The rest of the world moves forward, the Catholic Chirch regresses. Maybe they should move their headquarters to Uganda. It's a perfect match.

    Posted by: Bart | Jan 2, 2013 9:31:18 AM


  6. Catholic prelates have fought this kind of fight so often in the past that they ought, by now, to recognize the futility of it. But reason alone doesn't affect these people; if there is a god moving history, they always fight it because it's far more important for their organization, and their personal positions of authority, to continue than that some upstart deity show them the error of their ways. Only after the question is long settled and society has moved to other concerns will those prelates look to the new normal and proudly boast how they and their god stood against the ancient errors, staunchly advocating the truth of common wisdom that is the (new) status quo. Bringing up the rear, they march backward imagining how they lead the world.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jan 2, 2013 9:48:35 AM


  7. "Civil laws that establish 'same-sex marriage' create a legal fiction. The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."

    Which is the same as saying, "Civil laws that dissolve religious marriages create a legal fiction. The state has no power to end something that the church begins."

    Posted by: John | Jan 2, 2013 10:54:53 AM


  8. The boys in their "glad rags" are on the run. The next thing you know the "Crazies" are going to want women in the most exclusive all boys club in the world, the College of Cardinals. Oh the horror!

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 2, 2013 11:33:27 AM


  9. Fran, honey, you can't have your Catholic Cake and eat it too. See, your boss, Miss Popette Benedicta, keeps saying these awful, hateful things about us. It's hard then to believe that you don't really have anything against us really, except for the "civil equality before the law" thing, like two consenting adults of the same sex being able to marry in the civil sense, not the religious sense. So, here's a suggestion: butt out. Or, a house might fall on you. Or, worse, we might just have to get a groundswell movement going to petition the state to start taxing your church.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 2, 2013 12:26:00 PM


  10. "....Interesting coming from people who believe there was a garden with a talking snake."

    Ha, I had forgotten about that! Whatever happened to that snake? Oh, now I remember, it was the Devil in disguise. I hear he wears Prada now.

    Posted by: for the bible tells me so | Jan 2, 2013 1:59:42 PM


  11. The Catholic Church has to hold onto it's fairy tales or it will discover it has no relevance at all in today's world. How can it be anti-gay when the pope is in a dress with Gucci slippers.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 2, 2013 2:36:28 PM


  12. Well, just like last year, this lame duck session in illinois might see politicians push through controversial legislation that they wouldn't do if they were running for office and they sure weren't elected to do things and push legislatione they weren't elected to push and once it doesn't count anymore as they are on their way out of office.
    Cardinal George is watching these developments but so are all the catholics in this state along with many many other people's of Faith.
    Right now, we are prepapred to speak out and write our politicians imploring them to stop any and all attacks current and future on Marriage, Family, and the Sanctity of Life.

    Posted by: timothy canezaro | Jan 2, 2013 4:51:11 PM


  13. how does gay non-Catholics marrying affect Catholics?

    I don't get it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 2, 2013 5:10:11 PM


  14. @John: you've actually given the RC view of civil divorce

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 3, 2013 5:09:23 PM


  15. I'm amazed the US RC hierarchy is following up its stunning November election triumph with more thoughtful propaganda;-)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 3, 2013 5:49:15 PM


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