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Chicago Cardinal Francis George Says Gay Marriage is an Irrational Concept

Cardinal Francis GeorgeAs pressure builds for Illinois lawmakers to take up the failed gay marriage bill again in the fall, opponents will be doubling down in an attempt to stop the inevitable expansion of equality. Chicago's Catholic Cardinal, Francis George (pictured right), is one of those longtime foes, having released a letter back in January telling parishioners to demand lawmakers put a stop to the 'redefinition' of marriage

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday, Cardinal George reiterated his anti-gay position, saying you don't need faith to see the faults in same-sex marriage.

"This is first of all a rational issue before it's a faith issue. That is, it's nature that tells us what marriage is, that in marriage, men and women aren't interchangeable. We didn't invent marriage. The church didn't invent marriage. Nature gives us marriage. The Chinese are not Americans, and they're not Catholic. They know what marriage is. Where did that come from?"

Perhaps Cardinal George should check out this handy little guide to the 8 types of 'traditional marriage' in the Bible before diving any further into the 'rational' arguments against gay marriage.

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  1. Grown celibate men dressing up in funny robes and hats is an irrational concept.

    Posted by: palto | Aug 31, 2013 10:01:45 AM

  2. Funny, "irrational" is precisely the way I feel about the Catholic Church.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 31, 2013 10:01:49 AM

  3. Funny, "irrational" is precisely the way I feel about the Catholic Church.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 31, 2013 10:01:49 AM

  4. Maybe the cardinal should read:
    John Boswell. (Available at Amazon). Up until about 1200 AD, the Catholic Church had a special liturgy for same sex marriages, and performed them regularly.
    As one of a couple who just got married after 38 years together, I know the value of marriage.

    Posted by: craig fox | Aug 31, 2013 10:05:03 AM

  5. He shouldn't wear red. Doesn't suit him.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 31, 2013 10:08:12 AM

  6. I guess the irony is completely lost on him; a man who has pledged his life to worshiping an unseen, unheard sky god that there is absolutely ZERO evidence exists.

    How does he define "rational" and "irrational"?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 31, 2013 10:09:16 AM

  7. "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" --Henry II

    Posted by: mike/ | Aug 31, 2013 10:10:58 AM

  8. He believes that some guy 2000 years ago walked on water, turned water into alcohol, and rose from the dead after having been nailed to a cross -- but he can't wrap his head around same-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Aug 31, 2013 10:13:16 AM

  9. He's quite wrong -- we did invent marriage, which occurs nowhere in nature -- and doesn't seem to have a lot to do with procreation.

    Posted by: Hunter | Aug 31, 2013 10:14:53 AM

  10. I know this cardinal and have for years. Trust me, this man is full of bitterness and anger. Now he and Cardinal Dolan of NYC think they are empowered to interpret the Popes's comments differently because they don't sync with their message of hate. Pope Francis should take their dresses away from them.

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Aug 31, 2013 10:19:59 AM

  11. "Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

    Attributed to 18th century French philosopher Denis Diderot

    He also said:

    "From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step."

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 31, 2013 10:20:24 AM

  12. He contradicts himself in the first sentence: how can a "faith issue" be rational, by definition?

    Posted by: Dave in NYC | Aug 31, 2013 10:20:26 AM

  13. What is irrational as both the catholic church and tens of thousands of its victims have sadly found out is "Celibacy".

    It is also unnatural and leads to misguided, abusive and predatory behavior. To deny oneself the comfort and joy of an intimate loving relationship in pursuit of any belief or cause is pretty damn irrational.

    Papist Swine!

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Aug 31, 2013 10:24:46 AM

  14. Nuns being "brides of Christ" is also an irrational concept

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 31, 2013 10:27:19 AM

  15. A rich church with vaults filled with gold and jewels is also an irrational concept

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 31, 2013 10:28:42 AM

  16. The idea of the Catholic church instructing us in rationality is deliciously ironic.

    I hope there was a followup question to his assertion that "nature gives us marriage." Something along the lines of "how many married squirrels do you know? Married dingos? Fluffy bunnies?"

    Posted by: Vint | Aug 31, 2013 10:31:16 AM

  17. Irrational concept? Well it's also irrational for priests to have sex with 12yr old boys but a lot of them did.

    Posted by: Mmike1969 | Aug 31, 2013 10:34:14 AM

  18. Cardinal, baby, you want to define marriage based on nature, but you want me to disavow my own nature, which is to marry my boyfriend. Sorry, man, but your rationality is full of holes. Better stick to your magic potions and spells and such.

    Posted by: Jacques | Aug 31, 2013 10:46:03 AM

  19. Just another gayface.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 31, 2013 10:48:39 AM

  20. @urbanmike - where does his bitterness & anger come from? his disability? his family? his experience with the church? would be interesting to know some background.

    Posted by: mike/ | Aug 31, 2013 10:55:29 AM

  21. I think these Crdinals should keep their voices down and first look closely to their own church.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Aug 31, 2013 11:05:07 AM

  22. When churches tell people to deny happiness to their own family members, churches lose. People of all faiths and no faith want their kids, brothers, sisters, uncles, cousins to be happy. He's hastening the decline of his own diocese.

    Posted by: woody | Aug 31, 2013 11:38:41 AM

  23. Tax the moocher

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 31, 2013 11:44:59 AM

  24. Irrational? As opposed to denying who you are and joining an organization which is made up of almost 80% gay men thus committing your life to condemning men who have the balls to he honest about something you'll never admit to being.

    Hate to say this but the new Pope looks better all the time in comparison to his lower lifes.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 31, 2013 11:48:41 AM

  25. It's just so inspiring when a man who believes that he can magically turn bread and wine into meat and blood labels other people irrational!

    Posted by: jomicur | Aug 31, 2013 12:00:06 PM

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