Rainbow Sash Movement Calls on Cardinal Francis George to stop His Public Bigotry

Chicago – Cardinal Francis George waded into the controversy over Chicago’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade route on Wednesday.

The new route calls for the parade to go down West Belmont, where Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a mass scheduled for about the same time.

Father Thomas Strenn said the parade will have a huge impact on his parish who met with Chicago openly Gay Alderman Tom Tunney and Richard Pfeiffer . Fr. Strenn said it’s just a sad thing that it’s Sunday morning,” he said. “We’re petitioning — we’re asking for some consideration for thatCardinal Francis George objects to the planned route, as well.

“You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.” he said on FOX Chicago which will be aired this Sunday..

Cardinal George wants to promote a doubled standard when it comes to the Gay Pride Parade. One only has the look at the Chicago Marathon, and negative impact that race has on parishes such as Assumption Parish, St. Joseph’s Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, and St. Michaels Parish just to name a few.

All these parishes could make the same complaint that Fr. Srenn is making. Over the years they have made adjustments for this major Chicago event, by either going to the vigil mass on Saturday, or going to early masses on Sunday.

I would just like to point out in addition to its regular mass schedule Fr. Srenn’s Parish has 7PM mass on Sunday that none of his sister parishes have. The Rainbow Sash Movement thinks we need to be reasonable in approaching this situation.

Openly gay State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), whose district includes the Gay Pride parade route, criticized the Cardinal’s “unfortunate choice of words.” Harris predicted “it probably will provoke other unfortunate words” from some gay activists.

The Cardinal has a reputation for opening his mouth before he gets all the facts. Most recently he attacked Governor Pat Quinn without getting all the facts, and later apologized to the Governor. We hope the Cardinal will also apologize to the GLN for comparing them to the KKK. This comparison was a scandalous use of the Cardinal’s office as head of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling on the Cardinal to stop the promotion of bigotry against the LGBT Community. The Gay Liberation Network is known in our community for its valor in speaking out against homophobia, and those who would promote violence against us we are not speaking for the GLN, but we are standing with them.

Bob Anderson
Rainbow Sash Movement

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