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Chicago Cardinal urges Catholics to oppose marriage equality bill

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George officially entered the political debate over same-sex marriage on Tuesday, issuing a pastoral letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice their opposition to a planned bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

“Civil laws that establish ‘same sex marriage’ create a legal fiction,” George wrote in a letter sent to priests today, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Cardinal Francis George
Photo by Adam Bielawski, via Wikimedia Commons

“The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible,” he wrote.

George and other Roman Catholic bishops have taken a new approach is the marriage debate, saying that same-sex marriage “violates natural law.”

“Marriage comes to us from nature,” said George, who said the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage is not about doctrine or faith, but “a matter of reason and understanding the way nature operates.”

Chief sponsors of the bill, Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) said they are close to securing enough support to bring the marriage bill up for vote, and that if they are confident it will pass the current General Assembly, they will introduce it in the lame duck session that begins Wednesday.

Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat who supports marriage equality, said he’d like to see the bill reach his desk in early January.

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  1. this guy is as creepy looking as the pope

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:19pm
  2. Keep your religion out of my civil marriage and go fuck yourself. o_o

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:19pm
  3. Down with the Chicago Catholic Cardinal.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:20pm
  4. Separation of HATE and State. Learn it

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:21pm
  5. The Catholic priests, cardinals, bishops and pope, need to keep their voices shut on marriage. Just because their religion says that they can’t get married does not mean they can deny others the right to marry.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:22pm
  6. They’re actually more concerned than we are.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:22pm
  7. Cardinal Fran needs to shove his kill gays bible down his tyrannical theocRAT throat & he and Pope Nazinger can choke to death on their fucking Jesus Freak koolaid

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:23pm
  8. The HYPOCRITCAL CATHOLIC Church strikes…again! :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:23pm
  9. I saw the cardinal out of the corner of my eye and thought he was Voldemort for a second.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:24pm
  10. This is when Churches should no longer receive tax exempt status.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:24pm
  11. I think they need to take a class in nature homosexuality is found in all animal groups

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:25pm
  12. Gay people believe in god and do not need a church to do so!! Really Catholics I thought you loved your people if so get your mind out of the bedroom seen and love us as you love the STRAIGHT PEOPLE! Meaning be EQUAL TO ALL that’s what god truly wants!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:25pm
  13. It is already PAST TIME to TAX the Churches

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:28pm
  14. He probably supports pedophilia as well…. in God’s name of course.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:29pm
  15. I would never get marriage advice from a diddler. Now, STFU

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:29pm
  16. I urge all Catholics of good conscience to join the Ecumenical Catholic Communion…we dont have the issues that Rome has.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:33pm
  17. He looks like the emperor from star wars. “Yessssssss…. let the hate flow through you…. yessssss..”

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:36pm
  18. Clearly there is no god in this asshole. Love others as you would have them love you dumb fuck.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:37pm
  19. Most catholics are gay friendly than other Christian groups. He does not represent most catholics. Not in Illinois, and especially not in Chicagoland .

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:37pm
  20. and I urge the government to start taxing the churches who peach politics.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:41pm
  21. He looks like Hannibal Lector and supports child molestation.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:42pm
  22. Ignorant fool

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:45pm
  23. Here goes another Catholic leader spewing some bullshit.

    “Civil laws that establish ‘same sex marriage’ create a legal fiction” – It’s not at all clear what this means. Civil law is secular and therefore not dictated by what your particular dogma states.

    “The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible” – As noted, the Catholic hierarchies’ new talking point is to frame the marriage equality debate in terms of same-sex marriages violating some sort of natural law. First, I have no idea what this means, since historically, marriages were in terms of familial gain and partnership, and had nothing to do with love or anything of the sort. Second, and more importantly, nature is amoral. So when he says same-sex unions are “violating natural law,” I literally have no idea what he is referring to.

    “Marriage comes to us from nature” – No…not at all. Marriage is mere social, and therefore human, institution. Nothing of the sort could be considered natural.

    George also said “the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage is not about doctrine or faith, but “a matter of reason and understanding the way nature operates.”” – Again, it’s all but unclear what this even means, nor does it even relate to the topic at hand, namely, should all the legal rights and protections afforded to opposite-sex unions be given to same-sex unions?

    Overall, we have here another Catholic leader that has no real ground to stand on and has nothing really useful to say on the topic.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:45pm
  24. I urge politicians go start taxing church groups, especially those making large land purchases!!!! They USE the system!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:45pm
  25. Here goes another Catholic leader spewing some bullshit.

    “Civil laws that establish ‘same sex marriage’ create a legal fiction” – It’s not at all clear what this means. Civil law is secular and therefore not dictated by what your particular dogma states.

    “The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible” – As noted, the Catholic hierarchies new talking point is to frame the marriage equality debate in terms of same-sex marriages violating some sort of natural law. First, I have no idea what this means, since historically, marriages were in terms of familial gain and partnership, and had nothing to do with love or anything of the sort. Second, and more importantly, nature is amoral. So when he says same-sex unions are “violating natural law,” I literally have no idea what he is referring to.

    “Marriage comes to us from nature” – No…not at all. Marriage is mere social, and therefore human, institution. Nothing of the sort could be considered natural.

    George also said “the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage is not about doctrine or faith, but “a matter of reason and understanding the way nature operates.”” – Again, it’s all but clear what this even means, nor does it even relate to the topic at hand, namely, should all the legal rights and protections afforded to opposite-sex unions be given to same-sex unions?

    Overall, we have here another Catholic leader that has no real ground to stand on and has nothing really useful to say on the topic.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:47pm
  26. I urge Catholics to remember the abuses of Cardinal Cody and his further involvement in the cover up of the assassination of Pope John Paul the first.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:50pm
  27. It’s time they paid Property Taxes!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:51pm
  28. He’s a faker. He’s not actually from Chicago. A real Chicagoan wouldn’t say crap like that.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:57pm
  29. When is the madness of the church hierarchy and their anti – gay rhetoric going to end? They need to face the fact they have lost the battle.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:59pm
  30. and that hate continues! Let gay people be happy and live your life the way you see fit. Quit hurting GLBT families. Period!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:10pm
  31. you know why they care so much about others sex lives cuz they dont have one of there own .I highly doubt god cares about what people are doin in the bedroom hes not santa making a list and checkin it twice.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:17pm
  32. Shame!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:27pm
  33. wow they think they still have that much power?! lmfao!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:55pm
  34. I have far more authority over Chicagoans than does the Cardinal. I urge the majority of Illinoisans (The majority are are NOT Catholic), to oppose anything and everything the man says or suggests.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:19pm
  35. Oh, gosh, girlfriend really needs to treat herself to some shopping therapy (some new Prada pumps would be perfect) instead of getting all hot and bothered about something that won’t affect her anyway! Just sayin’. . .

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:45pm
  36. Well I guess it’s ok for all those priest to moleste little boys and they cover it up but god forbid don’t be gay!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:48pm
  37. Boo

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:59pm
  38. Why doesn’t he go back to molesting in his perverted Cathotic traditi

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:29pm
  39. Didn’t finish; Tradition and leave us alone. WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:32pm