Two weeks ago Chicago Cardinal Francis George compared the city’s gay Pride parade to the Ku Klux Klan, setting off a firestorm of criticisms and calls for his removal. All because the parade route might interfere with Catholics entering one particular church for Mass. (Pride organizers even reschedule the parade to accommodate parishioners.)
Well, George might have thought the whole mess died down over the holidays but, on Sunday, gay rights group Truth Wins Out (TWO) took out an ad in the Chicago Tribune, demanding his resignation and claiming that “Cardinal George’s outrageous comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan was so degrading and hurtful that apologizing will not be sufficient.”
Funny, we don’t remember him apologizing.
George, 75, is set to retire later this month anyway, so the point is somewhat moot. But we laud TWO’s attempt to shine a light on the cardinal’s incredibly offensive and out-of-touch comment.
Your move, George.
Click through to see the full ad from the Chicago Tribune