Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation
Illinois

Cardinal defends funding cuts for immigration groups that support gay marriage

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, is defending his decision to bar church funding for immigrant rights groups that support same-sex marriage.

“You can’t play off the pastoral concern of the church for the poor against the church’s teaching,” George said. “That’s exactly what was done, that’s a cynical move, and I’m sorry that it was done.”

Cardinal Francis George

George’s response came following an open letter signed by a group of Catholic elected officials and community leaders — including Democratic gubernatorial hopeful and former Chicago mayor William Daley — that urged the church to reverse its decision.

Last week, George had ordered the Catholic Campaign for Human Development – the Catholic Church’s anti-poverty program in the U.S. – to withdraw financial support for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, after the group had publicly voiced support for same-sex marriage in the state.

Daley and other local leaders have accused George of using immigrants as “pawns in a political battle” over same-sex marriage.

“My view on marriage equality and those of immigrant-aid groups who have similar views really are irrelevant to our collective duty to help those who are less fortunate,” Daley wrote to George last week.

“[F]or the church to turn its back on its long-standing work with groups that aid the poor over a completely unrelated issue is an injustice, plain and simple. The path of justice should lead the Archdiocese to leave these two issues separate and continue to seek justice through charitable works,” Daley said.

George fired back at his critics, and said church funding agreements prohibit organizations and groups it supports from pursuing an agenda contrary to the church’s teachings – which includes its opposition to same-sex marriage.

“The church is consistent, over many years – ten years and more – in our concern for immigrants, and just immigration reform, and that will continue,” George said.

George has called same-sex marriage “unnatural and legal-fiction.”

Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , , , ,

Filed under: Illinois

121 more reader comments:

  1. I think this lady doth protest too much. She´s got “big ol´ gurl” written all over her!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:16pm
  2. It´s what Jesus would have wanted.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:18pm
  3. Another asshole opening his mouth ..

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:18pm
  4. Bigotry is bigotry regardless of how they rationalize it.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:18pm
  5. Eat sh*t cardinal!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:19pm
  6. This thing is evil…it´s a shame this thing is here in Chicago.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:20pm
  7. Of course, they need ways to fund the accounts for payouts due to pedophile priests that they kept transferring from parish to parish for decades upon decades. What better way to increase those funds?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:20pm
  8. well thats terrific for him, lets move onto something relevant to the law making process. like facts

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:21pm
  9. Agrees with Scott!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:22pm
  10. I´m sure God is like what the hell everyone. This is not what I meant!! Love one another as I have loved you. Means LOVE EVERYONE!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:26pm
  11. Religion: Because reality is hard.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:32pm
  12. Be gone…you have no powers here!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:34pm
  13. Religion is taught and so is hatred.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:37pm
  14. Perhaps it is time for all of us to stop giving our hard earned money to support religious groups who are already wealthy and think they are better than everyone else and who are in support of pedophiles?!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:37pm
  15. How about we stop giving churches tax-free status? With the money they rake in, they could be making a huge contribution to tax revenue.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:41pm
  16. Because Christ only gave of himself to those who believed as he did.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:41pm
  17. Sounds good. We don´t need their blood money anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:46pm
  18. Not true RACHEL…read the bible and you won´t look like such an idiot.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:46pm
  19. does he not listen to the pope!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:54pm
  20. What does the archbishop know about falling in love & relationships that develop since he is not allowed to participate in such?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:57pm
  21. fuck him!. oh, I´m sure someone already has!!! and Rachel Booker is an idiot!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:05pm
  22. lets defend cuts for those who do NOT support gay marriage!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:06pm
  23. what a hipocrate

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:15pm
  24. how very Christian of him

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:23pm
  25. : (

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:24pm
  26. Ah the church is back to normal. All is good with the world! PUKE!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:35pm
  27. WWJD, he would help the needy not turn away from them, they should practice the Love they are suppose to be spreading in His Name!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:37pm
  28. So, Dr. Evil is not giving out money?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:51pm
  29. I´ve given up on members of the Catholic hierarchy acting in any way reminiscent of Jesus. It´s nice when it happens, but has become vanishingly rare.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:51pm
  30. Like Catholics are all going to be “Well, of course I support that!” Wrong!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:05pm
  31. Fuck that bigot. There is a special hell for assholes like him. I just hope he goes there sooner than later.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:09pm
  32. I hate these people

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:23pm
  33. He should put his EXPENSIVE mansion up for sale and give all that money to the poor….. and fuck him too!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:55pm
  34. Maybe he should have spoken to the pope first…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:02pm
  35. Probably a PEDOPHILE. They need to clean up their own mess before they start throwing stones. They do live in a glass house… Francis Gerore is an ASS.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:05pm
  36. <--- Says cut all funding for bigoted churches...

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:20pm
  37. with all due respect…Fuck you Cardinal

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:27pm
  38. Time to cut money going into that church

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:27pm
  39. Yet, his boss, The Pope, says about gays “Who am I to judge”? Cardinal, LISTEN TO YOUR BOSS!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:38pm
  40. How about taxes for churches that take political stands and actions. If they do not want to remain separate then pay your taxes

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:45pm
  41. Talk about mixed messages, The Pope said “Who am I to judge”, So I ask the Cardinal “Who are you to judge?” Get inline with the Vatican and quit making judgments!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:51pm
  42. Get the fuckin´ churches out of government or start taxing them > NOW!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:12pm
  43. What a loving gesture, Cardinal Francis George! Typically RC

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:05pm
  44. Who is he to judge?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:20pm
  45. They need to save the money for law suits against the Church´s priest pedophiles, or to pay hush-money to their victims.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:43pm
  46. Such a Catholic thing its ok to judge and hate!!!! Priests don´t molest little boys??? Oh thats right they DO!!!!!! I was a catholic and blame men like this for stealing my religion!!!!!! I am a PROUD gay man and know my place in heaven is much more secure than his!!!!! SAD LITTLE HATER!!!!!!!!!!! SURPRISE a priest!!!!!!!! NO SURPRISE!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:01pm
  47. Okay, we need to hear from the Pope on this one.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:13pm
  48. Once again, more nonsense from the churches drones

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:41pm
  49. With each passing day that criminal enterprise known as the catholic church makes itself less and less relevant in the day to day lives of regular people. I´m glad they are withdrawing more and more. It will be a wonderful day when they stay in their churches and out of our government.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:55pm
  50. The Church´s way of hanging onto money to pay for lawsuits!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:05pm
  51. Well now, wouldn´t the Christ be proud of him? Sheesh.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:08pm
  52. Twit.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:08pm
  53. aren´t you supposed to be obeying your boss, the pope?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:46pm
  54. All in the name of HATE!!! A “Good Christian” Value!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:51pm
  55. Your not in Politics asshole, Religion remember, RELIGION. WE need to get their Tax Exempt REMOVED NOW!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:55pm
  56. fuck the church … its all myth and lies anyway

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:09am
  57. Defending Bigotry is not Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:18am
  58. Why are these people so filled with hate.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:28am
  59. I believe that Catholics in general are better than this, and I sincerely hope that they will eventually stop listening to those in the church clergy who cannot let go of a discriminatory message which doesn´t seem to fit with Christ´s teachings.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:36am
  60. This guy is an uncommonly nasty bigot, even for a rep of the Catholic Church. In the past, he has compared gays to beasts in the jungle, abominations of nature,pedophiles and the gay community at large as similar to Nazis and the KKK. A real charmer, this twit is.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:38am
  61. Hypocritical Pig and Bigot!!! He no more represents Christ than the devil himself.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:41am
  62. I am sure you are right,Brian,and I personally know Christians who are decent people and not at all in agreement with the positions of their religions on gay issues. However, as long as a person identifies themselves with any church or religion that preaches hatred, they are not doing what should be done. Sooner or later, we all must take a stand,and stand up for what we truly believe and what we know to be right, whatever our positions may be on a given issue. If you privately believe one thing, but allow yourself to be identified as a member of a hateful church or religion, you are not part of the solution. Bigoted religions will not change from the inside-history has shown that-they will only change,if they change at all, from pressure from the outside,and when their members leave their church and openly oppose that religion´s doctrines.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:45am
  63. Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:00am
  64. Boy-loving pig.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:21am
  65. Typical- no surprise there. Fuck off Uncle Fester

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:11am
  66. Still an asshole.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:20am
  67. Just like he defends pedophiles. STFU Cardinal!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:21am
  68. Retardofuck!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:21am
  69. What a sad and silly man. Nice haircut, but a sad and silly man.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:29am
  70. Wanna see the Pope slap his hand for that~and waiting……………..

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:30am
  71. the parishioners support gay marriage so he´s shooting himself in the foot.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:30am
  72. Ahhhh, the sanctity of morality and discrimination in the church. What a fucktard!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:32am
  73. Don´t worry. He´s already well past the mandatory retirement age for cardinals. He won´t be around much longer.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:38am
  74. Let´s see now… Following this same logic: Does that mean the bishop is suggesting that Catholics shouldn´t donate anything to the Church if there is ANY PART of that church´s teaching with which they disagree? hmmmm… Chicago diocese, prepare to go broke!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:40am
  75. No surprise that the church is struggling.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:41am
  76. I guess he´s the definition of the word Christian

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:41am
  77. So this fat white guy has the right to judge, who does he think he is….I sure this guy is without any sin..just good fortune that he happened to be born in the usa.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:44am
  78. oh just tell him to get his fat, gay ass off the train, what idiots.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:47am
  79. Time to start taxing the churches since they won´t stay out of politics.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:49am
  80. We should just remove their tax exemption when they start getting “political.” That would make them think twice about it. Too bad they have a lot of control and won´t let that happen. ;)

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:49am
  81. It´s definitely time “Gods Love” was taxed!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:54am
  82. once again, I have to say, why aren´t catholics listening to what Pope Francis said

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:57am
  83. Not sure why my comment is no longer here… So i shall re port… I thinbigoted churches should not be funded.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 2:57am
  84. Idiot

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:01am
  85. I´m not thinking the pope would support his decision – butt hole

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:21am
  86. Wonder how feels about gluttony… From the looks of him he´s good with it… Silly fool wandering around dolling out a pittance here and there. While sucking every dime he can get from those who don´t have it to give…

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:26am
  87. I HATE! .. the people that dont HATE…what I HATE!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:27am
  88. Yes Ryan Yes Yes Yes!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:27am
  89. fool

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:51am
  90. They need they money to pay for all the boys they raped.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:55am
  91. We lament the loss of young Christians from our Churches and one important reason for this is because the very visible media mongers that claim to be Christians spew vile and judgmental accusations and false information to perpetuate traditional bigotry, prejudice and law out of their own fear. This absolutism and loveless judgement is revolting to young serious Christians that study scripture and are bright enough to know the truth and quite capable of studying scripture in context and analyze it with cultural history and linguistic understanding of the original languages and their translations. We make an intellectual and emotional choice to believe and scripture is not always clear and doesn´t contain all the absolute answers to all of life´s questions many times we must just trust God and be honest and say we don´t have the answer, or we can justify opposite positions regarding an issue and must make a choice for OUR LIFE and not force our conclusions on others. When young people see seekers of truth, humble and honest, not self-righteous and all knowing and not fearful of being wrong or incapable of listening and truly trying to understand someone else´s understanding of a section of scripture especially as it pertains to life journey then young thinkers will take the journey with Jesus and his Church.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:02am
  92. this guy looks like he has been six months dead

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:20am
  93. wow…vindictive much?

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:36am
  94. Such a wonderful, caring group of princes of the Church…Fuck them.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:46am
  95. That totally sux…

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:15am
  96. Never liked nor trusted Cardinal George since I first saw him…his eyes are blandly evasive and don´t ever truly seem to look where they´re pointed.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:43am
  97. WWJD?

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:46am
  98. He should be expelled from the country as an agent of an enemy foreign government.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:55am
  99. that is the church´s right. it is also our government´s right to remove their tax exempt status for involving themselves in politice.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 6:22am
  100. s

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 6:22am
  101. I guess he didn´t get the pope´s memo…

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:05am
  102. Bastard walk Evil audacity! His Holiness has battle 2fight! 4holy men believe their audacity n lie that brings them closer 2him who s their god lucifer! Audacity Cardinal your grace s audacity b4Christ n ego, form y thought! Cardinal define Christ! Cardinal fuk ya!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:51am
  103. aheaha eha he ahehaeha hahe ahehaeh I did! ahe aheh ahe

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:52am
  104. Small Minded Idiot

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 9:27am
  105. Catholic pig!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 10:21am
  106. Disgusting!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 11:16am
  107. So sick of the Catholic church…compassionate Christians…and pedophiles!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:09pm
  108. You know, they _have_ the right. But far too many people confuse _having_ the right with what IS right. As my grandfather always said (he was a cop, and it was in response to someone screaming “I HAVE MY RIGHTS”): “You have the right to be an A$$hole, you have a responsibility to NOT be one.”

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:31pm
  109. This is what one of the major problems with the Catholic church. I do not give to their charities because they are racist and homophobic. The Pope is cool, though.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:35pm
  110. they stop funding the catholic churches

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 12:43pm
  111. Start taxing this bastard and his compliant followers!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:24pm
  112. How about cutting funds to those churches that support molesting priests?

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:26pm
  113. He is such a hateful jackass!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:44pm
  114. maybe we should cut their spending they support pedophiles! STOP DONATING TO HATE GROUPS

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:49pm
  115. RCC to the world: We hold your god hostage. Stop thinking! Obey!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:39pm
  116. Gotta save money for all those lawsuits…

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:41pm
  117. ok then don´t cry when the federal govt cuts your funds because you support discrimination…Doesn´t go both ways in this case!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:47pm
  118. Pay your damn taxes then you can talk, and maybe we´ll listen, but I know that I won´t!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 6:02pm
  119. Don´t tell me about how the government should spend tax money when the church pays none.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:22pm
  120. :(

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:41pm
  121. yeah, you need to save that money for the priests you have to defend. i mean, you could always close a few more parishes. that might help generate funding.

    Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:51pm