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Cardinal George of Illinois lawmakers who quoted the Pope: "Less than intellectually honest"

 

In a letter to the Archdiocese of Chicago dated November 11 and recently made available on the Archdiocese's website, Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, lamented the recent passage of a law in Illinois redefining marriage.

In particular, the Cardinal (echoing a very similar sentiment to one recently expressed by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone) condemned the use of Pope Francis's words by Chicago politicians lobbying for the passage of the inaptly named "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act" [emphasis added]:

One of the consequences for our religion is already evident in the misuse of Pope Francis’ words, spoken last summer, about our attitude toward an individual gay person who has asked God for forgiveness. The Pope was not speaking about approving gay marriage. To use his words against his teaching, as they were used on the floor of the State House of Representatives on November 5, is less than intellectually honest.

The Cardinal also warned of the likely fallout for people of faith of the newly minted law:

[T]here will be consequences for the Church and society that will become clearer as the law is used to sue for discrimination. The law has made some gays and lesbians happy, and that is not a bad thing in itself. The law, however, is bad law because it will contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society.

You can read the letter at the Archdiocese's website.