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Chicago Cardinal George backs away from gay ‘Ku Klux Klan’ comment

By Phil Reese
Washington Blade
Monday, December 26, 2011

According to ABC News Chicago, Cardinal George has began to backtrack on comments likening gay activists to the Ku Klux Klan, even after earlier refusing to do so.

Last week Chicago’s Roman Catholic leader, Cardinal Francis George, decried a rerouting of the 2012 June LGBT Pride parade route to a path that would take the march in front of a Catholic church. The Cardinal caused an uproar, saying “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”

Initially the Cardinal refused to apologize or renounce his comments, but facing criticism on Christmas Sunday, the Cardinal sought to downplay his comments.

“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 worshiping God, well then that’s the comparison, but it’s not with people and people — it’s parade-parade,” George said Sunday.

When the Cardinal made his comments, initially on a Chicago Fox station, a reporter asked him if his comparison between the LGBT community and the Ku Klux Klan were too harsh, but the Cardinal said no.

“It is, but you take a look at the rhetoric,” George responded. “The rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan, the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people. Who is the enemy? Who is the enemy? The Catholic Church.”

The organizers of Chicago Pride had already been in talks with the gay-friendly Catholic Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, whose concerns had been characterized as being about the timing of the parade coinciding with parishioners leaving the church after Sunday morning mass. The church is located just outside of Chicago’s famous ‘Boystown’ gay neighborhood.

According to the news network, Cardinal George plans to send a letter of resignation to the Vatican after his 75th birthday next month. The resignation appears not to be related to the calls among the LGBT community for the Cardinal’s resignation, as ABCnews notes all bishops are required to do so. Chicago will await a decision on whether or not Pope Benedict XVI will accept the resignation.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. Stupid tries to fix stupid! Sharing

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:11pm
  2. too late… once you step in shit, you smell like it all day long

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:12pm
  3. Stupid is as stupid does

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:13pm
  4. Should still show up in random quotes, sound bytes and thoughts… A little harder to clean up than to make a mess.

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:13pm
  5. a little for that asshole. don’t care if he is a man of the cloth that remark was uncalled for…big time

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:14pm
  6. well how about this, if you stop keeping us from marrying then we’ll not interupt your worshup.

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:19pm
  7. Liver-spotted, gay-hatin’ fucker!

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:23pm
  8. damn homophobe!!!!!! -_-

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:27pm
  9. This jerk should be discharged wtihout benefits from the church and thrown into the world of the unemployed.

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:32pm
  10. he can pass these kkk comments as hes in the pay of the same..

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:33pm
  11. He needs a refresher course in analogies. :-{P}

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:54pm
  12. You can’t fix stupid.

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 9:05pm
  13. This Cardinal can suck a Fatty for all I care..like I said before we wonder why there are so many who hate the Christian community or nonbelievers in God its because numb nuts like this starts his shit & people who think like this fucktard is anything BUT a man of God..God dosen’t hate what He created & having pride in being LGBT is not wrong because God made us that way..so fuck this “Cardinal” because I will say this people who show their only reason to preach the word of God to others but preach God’s word w hate in their heart are no more then a blasphemer who only spreads hate not love or compassion..only being in who can judge you is your Creator not man..LGBT Community needs to fight to be heard & always demand respect from these blasphemers who “say” the are of God..NO true man of God will preach the word of God w hate in his heart due to his lack of knowledge or compassion for what he obviously don’t understand..if your reading this you know as well as I do that your born as who you are under your sexuality & gender…Gender begins between the ears not the legs….

    Posted on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 9:06pm
  14. You realise that in Deuteronomy 22:5 that “Women are not to wear men’s clothing… it’s an abomination unto the Lord”…. How many other versus in that book are there that say this or that is an abomination and yet the one they choose to fixate on is the gay one? Really!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:05am
  15. guess he missed the bit about doing unto others & judge not lest ye be judged for judgement is MINE ALONE,SAYETH the LORD…funny,the nuns & priests taught me that when I was young…does the good cardinal have a revized edition or is he picking & choosing what he personally thinks?yeaaaah,no,the LORD isn’t really big on humans twisting HIS message…problem is humans think they are interpreting but the message has been polluted by human ignorance—really think the Divine Creator makes something didn’t want here?Really?Arrogance is pathetic & it kills,’father’

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 3:10am
  16. he should be rereading his bible!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 4:26am
  17. Don’t you just love these ass holes who open their ignorant mouths and then try and backtrack with more bull shit?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 6:04am
  18. ALLL organized “religions” suck be they Catholic, Muslim, so-call Born Agains, and all ‘Ultra Conservative’ groups!!!! Be afraid, be VERY afraid!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:56am
  19. Do you think that maybe “GOD had to smack him up the side of his pointy little head”

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 8:59am
  20. with a cast iron fryng pan in order for him to see the light?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 9:01am
  21. Oops up side the head, said oops up side the head. -Gap Band

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 2:43pm
  22. eating shrimp is an abomination.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 3:16pm
  23. Look mama, it’s the devil.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 3:19pm
  24. His head looks diformed

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 3:31pm
  25. what amazes me is that none of these christians critisize the heinous programmes on E…i bet this cardinal jacks off to the girls of playboy mansion or the kardashians

    Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 6:04pm
  26. Hmm some of the comments on here are pretty, um, discouraging. How is the shape of the man’s head relevant?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 3:20am
  27. Yet they have been accused for many years for molestation and then they have the nerve to make an ignorant remark like that. Ugh i hate people like him. And to me he looks like a child molester.

    Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 5:59pm