Cardinal George of Chicago Urges Catholics to Take Action to Protect Marriage in Illinois


The Chicago Tribune:

Chicago's Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops officially entered Illinois' gay marriage fray Tuesday, issuing a letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice opposition to a legalization bill that could face a vote this week.

"Civil laws that establish 'same-sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George and the bishops wrote in a letter sent to priests Tuesday. "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."

... While traditional marriage advocates have cited Scripture as the basis of their objections to civil unions and gay marriage, Roman Catholic leaders have been highlighting their belief that same-sex relationships violate natural law.

According to the tradition of natural law, every human being must seek a fundamental "good" that corresponds to the natural order to flourish. Natural-law proponents say heterosexual intercourse between a married man and a woman serves two intertwined good purposes: to procreate and to express a deep, abiding love. For that reason, they say, homosexual relationships are not equal to heterosexual ones.

You can take action and contact your lawmakers here.


  1. Quinn
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    have a bad feeling that my former home state will become another state that forces the radical homosexual agenda on those who oppose it.

  2. Tribune
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Quinn, I sympathize. But people should be outraged that a handful of folks are hijacking the great societal institution. I do hope the people in your state will put a stop to it.

  3. Zack
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    If same-sex marriage is to be forced. They should atleast include a clause that protects the religious convictions of business owners.

  4. Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Seems to me the State indeed has the power. Legislators can and do pass irrational bills:

    Per: "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."

    2nd error: 'The heterosexual sexual act is about expressing deep and abiding love.' But, so can the homosexual unnatural act so-called sexual act.

    Neither the sexual act, nor love is the basis for civil marriage. Why? Because either the sexual act and love CAN be the basis of any friendship.

    (This is not going well, in illinois, where lies one of the most corrupt and dangerous cities in the USA)

  5. Tribune
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Zack, sorry to say but the homosexual advocates will always say "it will not impact you", but religious convictions (and non religious ones, too) are swept aside when it becomes law, so called.

  6. LonesomeRhoades
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Homosexuality is a behavior that people CHOOSE to engage in. Nature and God says it is unnatural and sin. It must be opposed.
    And, there is no such thing as "homosexual marriage". The phrase is the ultimate oxymoron.

  7. Zack
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink


    Oh I know. It doesn't hurt you until you disagree with it. The left wants complusorary compliance. I think there's a word for that.

  8. Zack
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    contued: It's called fascism.

  9. Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    "contued: It's called fascism."

    Indeed. Which is why it is quite frustrating to see that a number of people who call themselves Catholics/Christians/conservatives do nothing about it.

    So much indifference.

  10. Scott
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink


  11. grandmaliberty
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    well, about time the Church spoke outloud against this unatural union... it is ridiculous... homosexuals are permitted to marry .... just not someone of the same sex....

  12. Paul Mc
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    There is no right to universal manifestation of any and all religious beliefs. There is a right to hold any and all religious beliefs.

    See what I did there?

  13. Mikhail
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Alessandra, many "christians" and "jews" actually support it! Shameful really, this message is not just for Catholics but for all Americans

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