Illinois Governor Pat Quinn takes on Cardinal George on the issue of Pro Choice

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago

The recent statement released by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago in the name of the Illinois Catholic Conference concerning Governor Pat Quinn does not sound reasonable.

Their statement said:

  • We have recently been made aware of Governor Quinn’s

    Illinois Gov Pat Quinn

    decision to present a Pro-Choice Leadership Award at an upcoming event for a political organization known as Personal PAC. This organization describes itself as a “political action committee (PAC) dedicated to electing pro-choice candidates to state and local office in Illinois.” Personal PAC has raised and spent millions of dollars in this effort and supports the lobbying efforts of Planned Parenthood in Springfield.

  • We deeply regret the Governor’s decision to present this award, which so closely associates him with a political action group whose purpose is contrary to the common good. With this action, Governor Quinn has gone beyond a political alignment with those supporting the legal right to kill children in their mother’s wombs to rewarding those deemed most successful in this terrible work.
  • Pope John Paul II asked in his Letter to Families (1994), “How can one morally accept laws that permit the killing of a human being not yet born, but already alive in the mother’s womb?” Governor Quinn not only accepts these laws, he promotes them and publicly presents awards to their advocates. This approach is irreconcilable with any honest profession of the Catholic faith. While we deeply regret and oppose his actions, we continue to pray for his conversion and the protection of unborn human life.
  • To our Catholic institutions statewide, we reaffirm our desire and policies that those acting in the manner of the Governor should not be given special recognition on Church property or at functions held in support of Church ministry.

We contacted the Catholic Conference of Illinois for clarification, and a spokesperson responded the Catholic dioceses in the state have policies prohibiting any politician who has voted in favor of policies that go against the Church’s teaching from speaking at or receiving an award from a Catholic institution, like at a school.

Consistency leads us to ask why the Cardinal and the Illinois Catholic Conference both of who supported the “Dream Act” in Illinois yet some Illinois legislators voted against that piece of legislation and both Cardinal George and the Illinois Conference remained silent.

We believe the Cardinal and the Illinois Conference are acting like school yard bullies who lost the recent fight over Illinois Civil Unions battle in a big way, and are just using this issue as way to pay back the Governor for the strong support and leadership he displayed in passage of this legislation.

The Cardinal and the Illinois Catholic Conference appear to be unable to enforce their interpretation of religious dogma on the Pro Choice Movement, Governor Quinn, and people of Illinois. Most reasonable people and this includes Catholics join in efforts to promote contraception and sex education that would lower the number of unwanted pregnancies in spite of what the Cardinal and Conference says as poll after poll has shown. Certainly this becomes problematic for the Cardinal and Catholic Conference as they are both viewed as the mouse that roared.

The Rainbow Sash Movement believes that Cardinal Francis George and the Illinois Catholic Conference do not represent the “Sense of the Faithful” in Illinois. Furthermore, we believe both should issue a public apology to Governor Pat Quinn and to the women of Illinois for their inflammatory and outrageous language accusing women of killing children. The Rainbow Sash Movement fully supports elected officials who refuse to back down in the face of such threats.

Pam Smith
Rainbow Sash Movement

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