Cardinal George clearly fears that same-sex marriage will erode the very civic, democratic customs that support a just society. But when they make use of their bully pulpits, religious leaders must choose carefully.
The pope is wrong to denigrate gay families and is on the wrong side of history. In Disney stories there are great transformations and awakenings. It is my sincere prayer that the pope gets one of these as a gift for himself this year.
With the Illinois legislature poised to consider a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago's Cardinal George insists that same-sex marriage is incompatible with "nature." One might just as easily the same about celibacy.
It is one thing to wish someone a "happy holidays" in reference to the multitude of secular and religious winter holidays. It is quite another to declare that an evergreen tree is a universal holiday symbol.
Presumably Catholics would not want birth control -- it's all the other folks who do. Which makes this a debate not about religious freedom but about how people of one faith care for those who do not share their beliefs.
Amid the current controversy of Cardinal Francis George comparing the gay liberation movement to the KKK, I pulled out an essay from 1986 for you to determine whether much has really changed in the Catholic Church.
Cardinal George's outrageous comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan was so degrading and hurtful that apologizing will not be sufficient. His only road to redemption is handing in his resignation.
If all religious groups paid their fair share of taxes, I wouldn't be as angry when they spoke out against my right to equality. But when a religious leader like Cardinal George gets a large forum to amplify his prejudice off all our taxpayer backs, it is an unfair system.