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Cardinal George Blasts Gay Marriage in Letter

Monday Nov 18, 2013

CHICAGO - One of the most high-profile religious leaders who opposed Illinois' new same-sex marriage legislation says the law will have consequences for the church and society.

Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has written a letter he asked be posted in churches. George oversees the Archdiocese of Chicago, which serves more than 2 million Catholics in northeastern Illinois.

In the letter, George claims that the law is bad because it'll contribute to "the further dissolution of marriage and family life." He also says that all people must be respected without exception.

Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation later this week to make Illinois the next state to allow same-sex marriage. Backers have called it a matter of equality and civil rights. They've also cast it as a way to keep families together.

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  • gdhamf, 2013-11-18 13:48:53

    Then respect people who are not YOU!

  • Wayne M., 2013-11-18 20:38:03

    "One of the most high-profile religious leaders ... (Cardinal George)... says the law will have consequences for the church and society." In case he has not noticed, in those places where marriage equality already exists, there has not been any negative effects on healthy opposite-sex marriages or on society. Those who are heterosexual and wish to marry will still marry partners of the opposite sex and most will have children. I do agree marriage equality will have consequences for the church. As a Christian, I believe the consequence is to encourage my fellow Christians to realize the teaching of the religious right, including the Roman Catholic Church, is not consistent with true Gospel values to love each other as Jesus loves us.

  • JaimeB, 2013-11-18 21:47:37

    Didn’t the Pope tell these people to drop the war on gays and focus on serving the poor and oppressed? The cardinal sets a great example of respecting the "universal ordinary jurisdiction" of the Roman Pontiff. Congrats to his eminence for disobeying his boss. As Dana Carvey used to say, "Could it be Satan?"

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