Activists Plan To Protest At Holy Name Over Cardinal’s KKK Comments

The controversy has persisted into the new year surrounding Francis Cardinal George’s remarks comparing the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan.

The group Rainbow Sash is planning a protest at noon this coming Sunday at Holy Name Cathedral.

Gay rights activist Lair Scott tells the Chicago Phoenix the demonstration is scheduled to coincide with Sunday mass at the seat of the Chicago Archdiocese, located at 735 N. State St.

The protest will likely move to the Cardinal’s Mansion at North Boulevard and State Parkway afterward, Scott tells the publication.

The Gay Liberation Network plans to participate in the protest, as does the Rainbow Sash Movement, an organization of gay and lesbian Roman Catholics.

In an interview on Fox Chicago News last month, George commented on complaints by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Ave., that the new route for the Gay Pride Parade in June would disrupt mass at the church.

George said, “You don’t want to see the gay liberation movement morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”

To accommodate the church, parade organizers reversed an earlier decision to move the start time to 10 a.m., and decided instead to start the parade at noon as in past years. [more]


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