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Posts for September, 2012

Just Friends

Jim Burroway

September 24th, 2012

That’s how Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George sees loving and committed gay couples:

George said, “There must surely be ways in our civil society, where we can honor friendships, where we can respect other people, without destroying the nature of marriage. It is very important, for your whole lives, give witness to what marriage truly means. And while civil laws might change – if they do – then society will be the worse for it.”

“Honoring friendships” is always nice. But people generally don’t come together to form households and families over mere friendship, no matter how noble friendships may be. It is love which makes a family, as the saying goes, and it is that quality which sets committed, loving gay couples apart from people who are friends. Think of those couples who marry in states which provide it and those other couples who accumulate thousands of dollars in legal bills to try to create an imperfect and inconsistently recognized approximation of a legal partnership in those states which don’t — George doesn’t see them at all. Or more to the point, he does see them — he knows they’re out there — he just doesn’t want to address them. Dehumanizing is the word that comes to mind here.

Cardinal George’s self-delusional narcissism

Timothy Kincaid

December 28th, 2011

Have you heard of the Ku Klux Klan? They were that group best known for marching through cities in the forties in order to stifle Catholic worship. Or so Cardinal George seems to think.

In defending his bizarre comparison between the Klan and gay people, George issued the following statement:

The Chicago Gay Pride Parade has been organized and attended for many years without interfering with the worship of God in a Catholic church. When the 2012 Parade organizers announced a time and route change this year, it was apparent that the Parade would interfere with divine worship in a Catholic parish on the new route. When the pastor’s request for reconsideration of the plans was ignored, the organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940’s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.

It is terribly wrong and sinful that gays and lesbians have been harassed and subjected to psychological and even physical harm. These tragedies can be addressed, however, without disturbing the organized and orderly public worship of God in a country that claims to be free. I am grateful that all parties concerned resolved this problem by moving the Parade’s start time so as not to conflict with the celebration of Mass that Sunday.

Cardinal George is like a child in his thinking. He is only capable of seeing the world through the prism of his own immediate wants. And Cardinal George believes that as he is a child of God, his Father is very important and very powerful and therefore the Cardinal is entitled to get what he wants. When and how he wants it.

Cardinal George might be more compelling if he were not the spiritual equivalent of Veruca Salt.