Cardinal: Gay lib could morph into ‘something like the Ku Klux Klan’


Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, is raising concerns that a changed route for the city’s LGBT Pride parade takes the event past a Catholic Church.

George, in a recent interview with a Chicago Fox station, endorsed a petition from Our Lady of Mount Carmel that called on the city and organizers to change the parade route or start time. The celebration, held on the third Sunday in June, will pass the church and disrupt Mass, the petitioners complained.

George told Fox, “I go with the pastor. He’s telling us that he won’t be able to have services on Sunday if that’s the case. You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”

George cited similarities between the rhetoric from the KKK and LGBT civil rights advocates: “The rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan, the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people. Who is the enemy? Who is the enemy? The Catholic Church.”

As the cardinal’s comments were getting attention, organizers of the parade announced that the proposed early start time of 10 a.m. would be dropped, and that the parade would take place at noon, avoiding a conflict with church services.