|Chicago Cardinal Francis George|
(Archdiocese web site)
"You don't want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism... The rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan, the rhetoric of the gay liberation people — who is the enemy? The Catholic Church."
|Cardinal George lives in this 19-chimney residence,|
but only on the 2nd and 3rd floors. (Photo by Karen
Callaway from Archdiocese of Chicago web site.)
Responding to the blowback, a diocesan spokeswoman said the remarks were taken out of context and suggested people listen to the entire interview. We did. They aren't....That's right: As recently as 70 years ago, the KKK openly demonstrated against the Catholic Church. What that has to do with the pride parade is lost on us....In 1986, the Klan staged an anti-homosexual rally just before the 17th annual Pride parade, but never mind....Relations between the church and the LGBT community have been especially strained lately. The church opposed a new Illinois law allowing civil unions for gay couples, then relinquished its state foster care contracts because it refused to license gay couples as foster parents.George also joined the Catholic Conference of Illinois in a statement that ripped Gov. Pat Quinn for "rewarding" abortion-rights activists by appearing at an event. Quinn was attending to honor a rape victim who has become a victims' advocate.