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Cardinal George Says Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Against The Common Good,' Do You Agree?

Cardinal Francis George releases a strongly worded letter as the State Legislature moves closer to a vote on gay marriage.

 

As gay marriage moves closer to a vote in the Illinois General Assembly, Cardinal Francis George has released a letter attacking the notion of same- sex marriage itself and urging Catholics to voice their objections. 

A full floor vote was delayed today, though an Illinois Senate Executive Committee did approve it, according to the Huffington Post. Despite the delay, proponents say the bill could still ultimately be approved.

Illinois would become the 10th state in the country to allow same-sex marriages.

In his letter, George argued that because same-sex marriages cannot be consummated and are not undertaken for the purpose of conceiving children that government, "has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."

He qualifies his argument by writing that the Catholic church offers support for the gay community through various ministries. George argues that opposition to the potential law is crucial because of societal acceptance same-sex marriage would gain if it is viewed as legal. 

"Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities," he writes. 

Supporters of same-sex marriage have long argued that legalization is a human rights issue and the restriction of marriage rights to heterosexual couples is its own form of discrimination. 

The law would force no religious institutions to perform same-sex marriages. 

Gay marriage has been gaining support nationally at a comparatively rapid rate in recent years. Recent polls have consistently indicated that over half of Americans support it. That number spikes to 72 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age, according to a CBS News poll.  

 

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jmleady January 04, 2013 at 03:25 AM
The Catholic Church has had sexually abusive priests in their parishes for how long. and they pay them to leave without criminal charges.The Catholic Churches' ability to be a moral judge of anything is a farce. Lead by example and morality is in trouble in the Church. Cardinal George show true bias and discrimination every time he opens his mouth on this subject. Unacceptable.
RidgewayVol January 04, 2013 at 12:49 PM
The moral failings of a few men (both the wrongdoers and those that covered up the wrongs) does not change the validity of the Catholic Church's doctrine and argument. That's like saying your child psychology degree from Penn State is invalid because of Jerry Sandusky. Second, what you describe as the Cardnial's bias and discrimination is far less reprehensible and intolerant than comments made by politicians on a whole host of other issues. Recall some of the vile comments regarding the Chick Fil a incident. BTW, if you aren't Catholic, the Cardinal's comments shouldn't concern you. If you are Catholic and disagree with the Cardinal, well, you might not really be Catholic. Just sayin'.
Charles Boyce January 04, 2013 at 07:20 PM
The act of discrimination should not be allowed in any form. No one should cast a stone and feel just at doing so. We are all sinners. Our moral compass has moved considerably away from the word of God. This is the fault we all share.
rbieniek January 04, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Chuck It is not discrimination to castigate wrong doing. Follow the correct moral compass, not one that is man made, for it has no basis in morality but rather hubris. We all judge and should all judge wrong doing. 15 minllion abortions and the children and grandchildren those aborted children would have given birth to, gay marraige and its' sole purpose of sexual gratification. wrong is wrong by God's standard not mans.

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