Cardinal apologizes for comparing gay pride parade to KKK

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Cardinal Francis George of Chicago apologized for comparing the gay pride parade to the Ku Klux Klan. The Chicago Tribune reports:

“I am truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused,” George said in an interview with the Tribune. “Particularly because we all have friends or family members who are gay and lesbian. This has evidently wounded a good number of people. I have family members myself who are gay and lesbian, so it’s part of our lives. So I’m sorry for the hurt.”

“When I was talking, I was speaking out of fear that I have for the church’s liberty and I was reaching for an analogy which was very inappropriate, for which I’m sorry,” George said. “I didn’t realize the impact of what I was saying. … Sometimes fear is a bad motivation.”

In his comments, broadcast on Fox Chicago television on Christmas, George addressed what he perceives to be religious discrimination in the name of gay rights. While discussing the pride parade, he cited the anti-Catholicism of the KKK in the early 1940s.

George said although church teaching does not judge same-sex relationships as morally acceptable, it does encourage the faithful to “respect everyone.”

“The question is, ‘Does respect mean that we have to change our teaching?’ That’s an ongoing discussion, of course. … I still go back to the fact that these are people we know and love and are part of our families. That’s the most important point right now.”

The executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda said he was “incredibly pleased that Cardinal George has taken responsibility for his actions and has issued an apology.”

“A true leader can admit when they are wrong, and the Cardinal has set a good example of leadership today with his statement,” said Anthony Martinez, TCRA executive director. “Now, with this apology, the LGBT community and the Catholic community can begin to heal the divides that this has caused.

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[@ ChristopherJ: the solution to be called a bigot, is to quit BEHAVING as a bigot!]

I'm actually more impressed by the Cardinal's apology, than some of you seem to be. I'm one of the ones who signed the petition calling for his resignation (in light of the earlier "KKK" *slander*), but I believe this is a good START on his part.

[I also can't believe yesterday's red-hat winner, Dolan of NY, would EVER say anything near as humble as this!]

We'll just have to see what comes (grows) from this. God bless the journey to reconciliation and JUSTICE for God's LGBT children!

JC Fisher

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Priscilla Cardinale
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Priscilla Cardinale

Tobias, you have succinctly named the problem I had with Roman Catholicism. It still astounds me, over 30 years after joining the RC church, that the hierarchy still operates in a medieval worldview that places them as arbiters of truth, faith, and life in the modern world. Their shock at being questioned is very real and problematic; they are used to subservient laity, religious, and clergy that can be kicked out if they question anything so when secular folk don’t toe that line that are dismayed and befuddled. Although I still love the RCC I see this as the linchpin of its spiraling fall into irrelevance. May God forgive us all for our hubris!

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Susan Hedges
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Susan Hedges

"This has evidently wounded a _good number_ of people." ???? It wounded a _number of good_ people!!

This apology sounds a lot like the "I am sorry if my remarks have offended anyone," that we hear from politicians on an almost daily basis. A short "I shouldn't have said this at all, and won't say it again" would be welcome.

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Jim Naughton
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Jim Naughton

I think the apology is pretty lame, and that there are people who disagree with me on the issue of homosexuality who are, in fact, bigots.

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Christopher Johnson
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That's encouraging to read. So I can assume that people like Jim Naughton will stop referring to people who differ with him on the issue of homosexuality as bigots.

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Leslie Scoopmire
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Tobias, you have stated it perfectly. The Gospel according to the Cardinal expressed here is certainly not a Gospel of love.People today are all too willing to claim that those who oppose them are Klansmen or Nazis rather than engaging in a rational, open dialogue with those with whom we disagree, as well. These words serve to simply shut off reason because they represent something so vile and repugnant and shameful. To in any way equate gays with the Klan is logically absurd as well as outrageously offensive.

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tobias haller
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tobias haller

The real problem, which the Cardinal appears not to grasp, is the fallacy of attempting to cloak oneself in the mantle of victimhood when one is adopting positions that actually make victims of others. The notion that the church is free to make "moral" claims about gay and lesbian persons ("objectively disordered" and "evil") without any critique coming back at the church that makes those statements, indicates a kind of lust after privilege and immunity from having to take responsibility for one's positions. The sense of being on moral high ground is at the heart of the problem, as Jesus taught. Those who act as judges will be judged.

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