Chicago Cardinal Francis George is scheduled to visit St. Linus Catholic Church this coming Sunday, Jan. 15.
St. Linus spokeswoman Joanice Kellem said the cardinal will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving starting at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited.
Part of the reason for his visit is to commend the parishioners for the parish elementary school being named a Blue Ribbon School winner last year.
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St. Linus School was one of six Archdiocese of Chicago schools out of 304 schools nationwide to receive the honor by the U.S. Department of Education. Schools are selected based on standardized test scores in reading and math, placing them among top performing schools in the state or nation, or because they serve a disadvantaged student body that has improved at high levels.
Cardinal George who’s recently found himself at the center of controversy for remarks he made to Chicago Fox News comparing the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan, apologized to the LGBT community last Friday.
In a statement posted on the archdiocese website, Cardinal George said he was deeply sorry for the hurt his remarks may have brought to gays, lesbians and their families.
“I can only say that my remarks were motivated by fear for the Church's liberty,” the cardinal said in his apology. “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.”