Cardinal George explains comparison between Gay Pride parade, KKK rallies
December 28, 2011
Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has defended a public statement in which he compared organizers of a Gay Pride parade to the Ku Klux Klan.
In response to a reporter’s questions about an effort to shift the route of the Gay Pride march, Cardinal George had allowed that he was concerned about the parade organizers’ anger over a pastor’s request to shift the parade route so that the march would not block. the front door of a Catholic church at the time of a scheduled Sunday Mass. “You know, 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. The cardinal had come under heavy fire from gay-rights activists for making the comparison.
In a statement released by the Chicago archdiocese of December 27, Cardinal George explained that the parade organizers’ unwillingness to consider the pastor’s plea “invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church.” He continued:
One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940's, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.Cardinal George expressed relief that the conflict had been resolved, and the parade will not pass the church at a scheduled Mass time. He said that it is “terribly wrong and sinful that gays and lesbians have been harassed and subjected to psychological and even physical harm,” but said that public efforts to redress that problem need not conflict with religious services.
For all current news, visit our News home page.
- Statement from Francis Cardinal George, OMI? (Chicago archdiocese)
- Cardinal defends comparing gay parade organizers to Ku Klux Klan (Chicago Tribune)
- Anger after Cardinal George compares some gay activists’ rhetoric to Ku Klux Klan (CW, 12/23)
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: mgreen32234 -
Dec. 29, 2011 9:05 AM ET USA
Isn't pride one of the 7 deadly sins?
Posted by: ColmCille -
Dec. 28, 2011 7:26 PM ET USA
Good for Cardinal George, for calling it like it is and not backing down. I do wish he would have lovingly pointed out that while it is indeed sinful to subject homosexuals to harassment or abuse, it is also sinful to engage in homosexual behavior (telling them why and proclaiming the goodness of God's plan). It is our shepherds' job to teach and proclaim the truth, so if he is going to point out one sin, perhaps he should point out the other as well. But he probably had his reasons and I will respect his judgment.
Posted by: normnuke -
Dec. 28, 2011 6:53 PM ET USA
It has come to that, hasn't it? Gay 'pride' has been deftly turned into Gay arrogance. By the usual suspects.
Posted by: -
Dec. 28, 2011 6:09 PM ET USA
Good on the Cardinal. The comparison with the KKK is spot on.