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Cardinal Francis George of Chicago apologized late Jan. 6 for likening LGBT civil rights activists to Ku Klux Klansmen during an interview on a Fox affiliate and in subsequent statements to the press and on the archdiocese website.
George stated in the apology:
“During a recent TV interview, speaking about this year’s Gay Pride Parade, I used an analogy that is inflammatory.
“I am personally distressed that what I said has been taken to mean that I believe all gays and lesbians are like members of the Klan. I do not believe that; it is obviously not true. Many people have friends and family members who are gay or lesbian, as have I. We love them; they are part of our lives, part of who we are. I am deeply sorry for the hurt that my remarks have brought to the hearts of gays and lesbians and their families.
“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.”