Though he has come under fire by LGBT advocates over a comment he recently made comparing Gay Pride Parade organizers to “something like the Ku Klux Klan,” Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, stood by that contentious comparison in a statement issued this week.
“[T]he organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church,” the Cardinal said in a statement, as reported by the Windy City Times concerning the comment. “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.”
Cardinal George went on to note in his that “it is terribly wrong and sinful that gays and lesbians have been harassed and subjected to psychological and even physical harm” and that he is “grateful” that the parade organizers adjusted their start time to allow the parish to celebrate their Sunday mass peacefully.
Still, he said, “these tragedies can be addressed, however, without disturbing the organized and orderly public worship of God in a country that claims to be free.” [more]