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Cardinal Francis George Attacks Gay Pride Parade Route With Homophobia

The rerouting of the Chicago 2012 Gay Pride Parade has caused some problems, certainly, but now it has brought out the worst from Cardinal Francis George. The Cardinal decided to wade into the controversy on Wednesday, and did so in the most vile of manners.

Here is the explanation from the Rainbow Sash Movement:

Cardinal Francis George waded into the controversy over Chicago’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade route on Wednesday.

The new route calls for the parade to go down West Belmont, where Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a mass scheduled for about the same time.

Father Thomas Strenn said the parade will have a huge impact on his parish who met with Chicago openly Gay Alderman Tom Tunney and Richard Pfeiffer . Fr. Strenn said it’s just a sad thing that it’s Sunday morning,” he said. “We’re petitioning — we’re asking for some consideration. Cardinal Francis George objects to the planned route, as well.

“You don’t want the gay liberation movement (GLN) to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.” Cardinal George said on FOX Chicago which will be aired this Sunday.

Cardinal George wants to promote a doubled standard when it comes to the Gay Pride Parade. One only has the look at the Chicago Marathon, and negative impact that race has on parishes such as Assumption Parish, St. Joseph’s Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, and St. Michael’s Parish just to name a few.

All these parishes could make the same complaint that Fr. Srenn is making. Over the years they have made adjustments for this major Chicago event, by either going to the vigil mass on Saturday, or going to early masses on Sunday.
We would just like to point out in addition to its regular mass schedule Fr. Srenn’s Parish has 7PM mass on Sunday that none of his sister parishes have. The Rainbow Sash Movement thinks we need to be reasonable in approaching this situation.

The Cardinals meanspirited words do not dignify his office, rather they bring shame to it.

Openly gay State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), whose district includes the Gay Pride parade route, criticized the Cardinal’s “unfortunate choice of words.” Harris predicted “it probably will provoke other unfortunate words” from some gay activists.

The Cardinal has a reputation for opening his mouth before he gets all the facts. Most recently he attacked Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois without getting all the facts, and later apologized to the Governor. We hope the Cardinal will also apologize to the GLN for comparing them to the KKK. This comparison was a scandalous use of the Cardinal’s office as head of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling on the Cardinal to stop the promotion of bigotry against the LGBT Community. The Gay Liberation Network is known in our community for its valor in speaking out against homophobia, and those who would promote violence against us. The Rainbow Sash Movement stands with the GLN.



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5 Responses to Cardinal Francis George Attacks Gay Pride Parade Route With Homophobia

  1. Richard J. Beauchesne

    December 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I know George personally and can assure you that his first name is not Frances. (By the way, he is not my favorite person.)

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      December 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      Sorry about that. I am learning disabled, and occasionally slip up. It is fixed now.

  2. jahlove

    December 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Sigh…. I will agree that the Cardinal had a poor choice of words, but lets be CLEAR and HONEST about a few things.

    The Cardinal did NOT compare LGBTQ organizers to the KKK, he stayed he doesn’t want the the movement and processions to MORHPH into what the KKK has done. So, I think its incumbent on everyone to be honest about that.

    Also, the Cardinal did not go out of his way to make this statement. He didn’t call for a Press Conference, he didn’t organize a rally or protest. Fox News INTERVIEWED HIM. He wasn’t actively attempting to go attack people, he was answering questions. The media has a huge hand in framing these things….

  3. Andy Thayer

    December 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for the props, Bridgette. Here’s a response we’ve made to George:

    In comparing LGBT rights advocates to the KKK, the Cardinal shows that he is not an honest man of faith trying to better the world, but rather, a mendacious one trying to deflect criticism of church policies that promote discrimination.

    It is ironic that George chooses to mention the KKK, as they are but one of the most extreme examples of organizations which have used religion to shield themselves from criticism of their hateful policies. While an overwhelming majority of lay Catholics support equality for women and LGBTs, the Catholic leadership has a history and present practice of discrimination which they apparently will go to quite extreme lengths to defend.

    – Andy Thayer, co-founder, Gay Liberation Network

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