Catholic Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has gotten himself into a bigger controversy than whether or not you should say holiday tree or Christmas tree. Last week on Fox News Sunday, Cardinal George compared the gay pride movement to the Ku Klux Klan, in response to a change in the start time and the route of the Pride Parade that would take it past Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Lakeview for the first time. Saying that such would interfere with worshippers attending Sunday mass, Cardinal George said:
“You know, you donít want the Gay Liberation Movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”
Joe Murrary, Executive Director of the Rainbow Sash Movement, said that the Cardinal’s words were “inappropriate” and called on him to apologize. As the Cardinal turns 75 in January and must offer to step down, he has said that he will be sending a letter to Pope Benedict offering to resign. †On Fox News Sunday, Murrary said that, while his group is “not promoting the idea of his resignation,” they “would certainly welcome it.”
On Christmas day, Cardinal George sought to explain his controversial remarks.
“Obviously, it’s absurd to say the gay and lesbian community are the Ku Klux Klan, but if you organize a parade that looks like parades that we’ve had in our past because it stops us from worshipping God, well then that’s the comparison, but it’s not with people and people – it’s parade-parade.”
The Pride Parade is held the last Sunday in June and drew a crowd of hundreds of thousands last year; the parade’s organizers said they would move back the starting time until noon.†As Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and Chicago LGBT Pride Parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer said in a written statement on Thursday quoted in the†Chicago Sun-Times, they wished to “help accommodate Sunday services along the parade route . . . We believe this is an agreeable compromise to help keep the parade safe and manageable while respecting the diversity of our neighborhood.”
However, a statement from Cardinal George issued on December 27 was not so accommodating.
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