Cardinal George Will Visit St. Linus on Jan. 15

Cardinal Francis George will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Take the poll.

Chicago Cardinal Francis George is scheduled to visit 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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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.”

CJM January 09, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The Catholic Church, for that matter, ALL religious denominations have a lot of soul-searching to do. They cast stones about, yet they live crystal houses that are not so clean. The hypocrisy is so glaring that one needs sunglasses.
oaklawnperson January 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"I am personally distressed that what I said has been taken to mean that I believe all gays and lesbians are like members of the Klan." The classic non-apology apology. Not, "I'm sorry I said something wrong," but, "I'm sorry YOU were so stupid you heard what I said instead of what I thought I meant."
Dist. 2 Curious January 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Do you condemn all Catholics over some bad priests? Condemn all Christian brothers because of the actions of a few? All politicians because of Blagojevich? When you say "the Catholic Church", by definition, you include all of the good people who practice their faith, regardless of the failings of the human part of the organization and don't allow a bad brother, priest, pastor, bishop or even a Penn State football coach to stand in the way of their belief in God. Same for loyal Protestants and their ministers and loyal Jews and their rabbis. So, that shot at "the Catholic Church" and "ALL religious denominations" needs to dialed down.
julie barker January 09, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Well said Thomas, As Cardinal of the Catholic Church in our Archdiocese he is welcome at every parish. As a matter of fact it is an honor to have the Cardinal visit any parish. I for one, found his statement to be insensitive, and was glad to hear his sincere apology. As catholic and as Christians we are expected to be charitable and forgiving. Furthermore, some of us sometimes forget that the Catholic Church have a centuries' old doctrinal foundation that is at the heart of our religion,. which is independent of our political system, if the separation of state and religion fails our Democratic form of Government will ceased to exist. Would you then ask, " Do you think that the end of separation of Church and State is a good thing? democratic form of government
lax catholic January 10, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I'm more worried about the systematic approach of the church protecting those preists who sexually abused children for decades are were not brought to justce becasue of a vast church cover up.


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