Cardinal George Apologizes For Comparing Pride Parade With KKK

CHICAGO (CBS) – The head of Chicago’s Catholic Church apologized Friday for making remarks linking gay-pride activists with Ku Klux Klan demonstrations against the church.

Cardinal Francis George made the controversial comment last month to Fox News Chicago as the Archdiocese was at odds with organizers of the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade over whether the procession would pass a North Side church as it holds Sunday services.

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George said at the time the gay-rights movement risked “morph(ing) into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”

Organizers changed the start time of the parade to avoid interfering with church services but noted other churches did not complain.

In a statement posted Friday on the Archdiocese Website, George said he was “deeply sorry for the hurt that my remarks have brought to the hearts of gays and lesbians and their families.”

The Cardinal said everyone knows gay and lesbian individuals and loves them.

“I can only say that my remarks were motivated by fear for the Church’s liberty,” George said in the statement. “This is a larger topic that cannot be explored in this expression of personal sorrow and sympathy for those who were wounded by what I said.”

Gay-rights groups had condemned George’s earlier comments. On Friday, Equality Illinois accepted the Cardinal’s apology but said it expects more of him in the future, noting that “actions will speak louder than words.”

Another gay-rights organization, the Rainbow Sash Movement, said in a statement it accepts George’s apology. The group canceled a planned protest that was scheduled for Sunday at Holy Name Cathedral.

  • Peter Piper

    Forget the apology! Who the hell cares what the sick puppy peter puffers think anyway?

  • Toonces

    Who; the gays or the priests….?

    • Peter Piper

      The f@gs of course. An extremely small percentage of priests are gay. We call them the few bad apples.

      • Ray Baruth

        Unfortunately your incredible level of stupidity & bigotry doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  • nora

    putting things in perspective, pedophiles are draw to occuptions that allow them to access children: boy scouts, church, gymnastic teachers. There are so mnay things to blam the curch for, this is not the issue we want to take up with them.

  • nora

    Let’s take up the issue of blind faith that leads to these problems. As catholics we are all guilty of lettting these things go on.

  • workinman2

    If the world became gay, like they want us to, without no artificial insimination, we would cease to exist

  • workinman2

    If we had a “STRAIGHT PRIDE”PARADE” Rahm would have us locked up!!!!!

  • Afro

    I am most deeply hurt by the appology from Cardinal George cowering down before satan let them protest let them do whatever do not be afraid of the hommos!!

  • Micheal Savage

    I say us Catholics get rid of this ballless wimp,be a man George and stick up for what is right.

  • Pamala E.

    Finally he apologizes for a baseless, nonsensical remark that he spent far too much time justifying in the first place.

  • Mitt Romney’s second cousin twice removed or, his brother

    I once had a cousin who practiced Catholicism, I think?

    • Mitt Romney’s second cousin twice removed or, his brother

      You guys are a bunch of h@m@phobes but, you know, I found out a funny thing this last week. While in Iowa with my cousin/brother, I found out that Black people make-up only 8% of the people who receive welfare in the state of Iowa. Something is wrong with that picture. Someone must be lying because that can’t be true. Then, while me and my cousin/brother were in South Carolina I heard that Black people make-up 28% of the people who receive help from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). I’m sure that can’t be right! Black people shouldn’t get a dime of our money because, it’s our money, and our good friend “Dubya” told us that. I also agree with Newt, Black people deserve a pay check so we can keep our money for us.

  • Afro

    The K K K are the ones who deserve the apology

  • Afro

    Hey George when are you going to apoligize to the K K K? Sounds like Chicago needs a K K K demonstration if the Cardinal don’t want to apologize for comparing the K K K to the hommos!

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