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Chicago's Cardinal George Attacks Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Church Bulletin: VIDEO


Chicago's Cardinal Francis George is attacking the Illinois bill legalizing same-sex marriage in a letter he asked to be placed in all church bulletins throughout the Chicago Archdiocese, NBC Chicago reports:

"There will be consequences for the Church and society that will become clearer as the law is used to sue for discrimination," Cardinal George writes in a letter he asked to be placed in all church bulletins throughout the Chicago Archdiocese.

"The law has made some gays and lesbians happy, and that is not a bad thing in itself," George adds. "The law, however, is bad law because it will contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society.”

NBC Chicago spoke with George about the letter and also about the plans by Springfield bishop Thomas John Paprocki to hold an exorcism as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill into law.

Says George: "Each bishop governs his own diocese as he sees fit..."


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  1. Mr. George, the anti-discrimination provisions of the marriage equality act need not be contested in court if you and your ilk stop discriminating against gay people. Ever think of that? Just because you dress up in an absurd costume doesn't mean that you've somehow got more rights than the rest of us. Your superstition isn't a blank check for abusing our rights. The law protects us just as much as it protects you. You're not special.

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 16, 2013 4:13:03 PM

  2. So sick of these cowards who can't cope with being gay so the run to the priesthood and think it's their God given right to bash men who actually have the balls to deal with reality.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 16, 2013 4:13:14 PM

  3. Screw the corrupt catholic church and all the bigoted pedophiles. Screw the pope. I hope I live to see the Vatican FALL.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 16, 2013 4:14:33 PM

  4. criminy. another homo-hating-homo. Where do they get so many of them?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Nov 16, 2013 4:14:51 PM

  5. Let it be known that shortly after he was elevated to Cardinal I met him curbside for a Mayoral inaugural event and congratulated him. His response, "Congratulations? Worst job I've ever had". Tells you everything you need to know about him as a person and as a Christian. Bitter, angry, filled with hate. A real role model.

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Nov 16, 2013 4:14:51 PM

  6. Why don't sensible Catholics speak out against these vile homophobes? As the bigoted bishops and cardinals see themselves losing the marriage war, their rhetoric becomes more desperate, disgusting, and revealing. Men of god -- ha!

    Posted by: Richard | Nov 16, 2013 4:19:44 PM

  7. It's never clear if they are voicing their own opinion or just acting out on Vatican policy. Without the third world the influence of the Catholic church would be in severe decline right now. As it is, they aren't not able to maintain their priest staffing levels, which is a major reason they essentially have criminals filling the ranks.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 16, 2013 4:36:28 PM

  8. @ Richard. I wonder the same thing. But also, why don't they speak out against 'exemptions' as well? Catholics had to argue that discriminating against gays is so central to their religion that it couldn't survive without it. They had to demand exemption from treating gays as full-persons... And sensible Catholica are ok with this? *sigh*

    @ Michael & Danny East Ville. Please don't assume every homophobe is a self-loathing closeted gay person. It has very ugly implications (I urge you to contemplate them) that simply are not true. Homophobic heterosexuals vastly outnumber anti-gay gays.

    Posted by: Godzilla | Nov 16, 2013 4:43:44 PM

  9. I'm relaxing in South Florida. A few miles away, groups of schoolchildren and seniors and clergy are bussed in, lining up to kiss a vial of the dead Polish Pope's blood, many in tears.
    It's 2013. Exorcisms, reliquaries, newsletter hatred.
    I'm Catholic, born and raised.
    But, truly - I got nuthin'.
    I cling to the ideas of the founder. The rest is voodoo.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Nov 16, 2013 4:51:31 PM

  10. @Godzilla, u need to check out the homophobia study by the University of Georgia which proves 80% of homophobic men were closet cases so, no, anti gay heterosexuals do not out number self loathing closet cases.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 16, 2013 4:59:24 PM

  11. And, no offense, but if u cant spot this guy for the obvious closet case he is you need to take it head out of your ass. Real straight men dont give a rats ass what gay men might do. Their whole attitude is "good, less competition for me."

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 16, 2013 5:02:17 PM

  12. Said the ridiculous old man in the custom made evening gowns and cocktail rings. She should just STFU and get back to waving around her burning pocketbook.

    Posted by: Frenchy | Nov 16, 2013 5:08:56 PM

  13. Pot and kettle again. Priesthood will contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society. Unless the choir boys belong to his family.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 16, 2013 5:10:17 PM

  14. Rebuttal from a spokesman of the French socialist party may be relevant here:
    "It is not the Church's role to oppose the will of the legislature, especially on matters relating to marriage in a secular society."

    Posted by: simon | Nov 16, 2013 5:25:49 PM

  15. Because more people getting married is bad for marriage.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 16, 2013 5:30:24 PM

  16. This from s guy who's church forbids him from marrying. Maybe he's a tad jealous that other gay men can now get married and he still can't.

    Posted by: Craig | Nov 16, 2013 5:33:19 PM

  17. The consequences for the Church are that it will seem ever increasingly outside the mainstream and out of touch with the reality of people's lives. Keep it up, Cardinal, and continue sealing your own irrelevancy. You won't move on, Illinois will.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 16, 2013 5:34:14 PM

  18. What a sad,little shell of a man. HETEROSEXUALS are contributing to the DECLINE of marriage and the dissolution of the family "unit". NOT GLBT's. The anti crowd is increasingly desperate. They're trotting out the same lame,tired,baseless,UNTRUE rhetoric used in the past to discriminate against: immigrants,African-Americans,Latin Americans,Asian Americans, physically/mentally/sigh/hearing challenged Americans, etc.,etc.,etc.The fearful windbags always go after what they perceive to be their enemy.When in TRUTH they ARE their own enemy!!! They need to take a hard look at themselves in the harsh,cold light of REALITY and get the PHUCK over themselves. They are a direct reflection of the SICK society THEY have created. And they're trying,with little to NO success, to scapegoat the GLBTQQIA community. Which is a LOT of people,who VOTE for supportive politicians. Not like the cowardly,spineless,low life sleaze balls who spout off and expose themselves as the true bigots they are.

    Posted by: Patrick | Nov 16, 2013 5:55:16 PM

  19. typo:end of 6th line : SIGHT challenged.

    Posted by: Patrick | Nov 16, 2013 5:58:56 PM

  20. typo:end of 6th line : SIGHT challenged.

    Posted by: Patrick | Nov 16, 2013 5:58:56 PM

  21. Any representative of the corrupt Holy See speaks without any moral authority whatsoever.
    The Vatican's sex scandals are legendary from pedophilia, prostitution and fathering illegitimate children.... the list is endless.

    You have no authority whatsoever....
    you are corrupt and insidiously hypocritical.

    Posted by: Nick | Nov 16, 2013 5:59:57 PM

  22. "The law, however, is bad law because it will contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society.”

    Quite a hypothesis (unprovable so it's easy to spout lies for which you can't be held accountable other than it defies common sense) from someone who knows nothing about marriage and only knows about family from the vantage point of being a son or sibling but never a parent.

    Bottom line, the exact opposite of what he says is the truth.

    Posted by: Bart | Nov 16, 2013 6:06:29 PM

  23. I wish that these people would just shut their mouths and get over themselves. Their whole argument against gay marriage is based on nothing but lies, deceit, fallacies, and proven falsehoods. Anyone who believes that giving gays the right to marry under the law is going to cause heterosexual marriages to end in ruin is a stupid moron. All one has to do is look at Massachusetts where gay marriage has been law for a decade. I don't recall any news articles speaking out about the horrors heterosexual marriage has caused heterosexuals. The only reason their marriages are ending in divorce is due to rampant adultery, which has nothing to do with gays. If they want to launch a crusade they should jump off the anti gay bandwagon and start going after Jerry Springer and Maury. You want to witness the decline of moral values in this country just tune into those shows.

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Nov 16, 2013 6:10:28 PM

  24. You can always count of the Roman Catholic Church to say stuff that is stupid and bigoted. It's just part of the nature of the beast.

    Posted by: Joel | Nov 16, 2013 6:12:30 PM

  25. Should this not make all of those churches lose their tax exempt status?

    Posted by: JMC | Nov 16, 2013 6:52:38 PM

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