Cardinal George’s apology consisted of two parts. The first paragraph concerned itself with the apology itself. The second paragraph concerned itself with the motivation for his negative metaphor of associating the gay rights movement with the KKK.
Cardinal George said in his apology that I can only say that my remarks were motivated by fear for the Church’s liberty. This is a larger topic that cannot be explored in this expression of personal sorrow and sympathy for those who were wounded by what I said.
We would like to respectfully engage the Cardinal in a private dialogue process on that matter to explore this concern. We believe that harsh words have been said on both sides of the issue over the years. Instead of issuing competing press release and seeking to sway public opinion perhaps the time has come for direct dialogue as part of the ongoing process of reconciliation.
We want to reiterate our belief that the Cardinal’s apology spoke directly to our community in a very respectful manner, and we believe his apology was received and accepted by the GLBT Community in Chicago.
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