Cardinal, black pastors denounce same-sex marriage

Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George joined a number of African-American pastors Friday to voice their opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The cardinal said legally changing the biblical meaning of marriage will not serve the common good of people, and will lose the sense of family that is the basis of who we are as a society.

“Not every love, not every friendship is marital. So you have to ask, as I think my brother pastors have asked, ‘What is the nature of marriage?’ And that goes back to a sexual expression that’s based upon the complementarity of men and women, and is the way in which the future of the human race is assured. And anything outside of that is morally wrong,” George said.

The cardinal and the group of pastors said they had to speak out because staying silent, they said, would make them appear as if they were condoning the legalization of same-sex marriage.

33 comments

  • Law n order

    I WANT 2 THANK GOD FOR THE CARDINAL AND THE BLACK CLERGY ESPECIALLY REV .MEEKS WHOM I WASN'T A FAN OF FOR STANDING UP AND SPEAKING OUT ON WHAT'S RIGHT CONCERNING THIS ISSUE.THE CLERGY WHO CAME OUT IN SUPPORT OF THIS MESS SHOULD BE ASHMED OF THEMSELVES THEY ARE NOT MEN OR WOMEN OF GOD.REAL SIMPLE YOU CAN'T SERVE TWO GODS.THEY ARE CROOKS AND POLITICIANS AND NOT PEOLPLE OF GOD THEY ARE FROM HIM BUT NOT OF HIM THEY ARE OF THEIR FATHER THE DEVIL WHO WAS A LIAR AND MURDERE FROM THE BEGGINING AND IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THEY ARE DOIN THE LUST OF THEIR FATHER.GREAT JOB CARDINAL BERNADINE AND REV. MEEKS

  • Law n order

    I USED TO HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR JULIAN BOND BUT NOT ANYMORE.AS A BLACK I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN HIM COMING OUT AS USING DR.KING AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TO SUPPORT HIS OWN UNMORAL DECISION.U R NOW IN MY EYES A POLITICIAN JUST LIKE THE REST OF THEM AND U SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF THERE IS NOTHING RIGHT ABOUT TWO MEN OR TWO WOMEN BEING TOGEATHER AS A COUPLE.GOD SAYS TO HIM THIS BEHAVIORV IS AN ABOMINATION SO NOW WE GONE TELL GOD WHO CREATED US ALL THAT HE'S WRONG AND WHAT MAN AND WE SAY AND FEEL ARE RIGHT DON'T USE THE STRUGGLES AND MURDERS AND LYNCHINGS OF INNOCENT PEOLPLE FOR RIGHTEOUS REASONS TO JUSTIFY YOUR SICK AND SELF SERVING BEHAVIOR.MR BOND U SHOULD BE ASHMED OF YOURSELF U R A HYPOCRITE

  • rich

    For the first time I see eye with cardinal George, this gay thing is going to too far, it’s like they want to start a new race, and please stop comparing ur self to blacks. I have not heard one of them stick up for blacks, or oppose the use of the N word and I love chic fila

    • Double standards

      Not at all, I just do not agree with people who protect child molesters. Let all who are of consenting age love who they want. I have been happily married to my husband for 15 years and have two beautiful children.

      There are so many inconsistencies to the debate, it is sickening. This nation was founded because we wanted a separation of church and state.

      How can one put trust in a being who allows so much pain and suffering? How can one put trust in a being that has no physical proof of ever existing?

      Look at your religious celebrations, Easter…Christmas… Most of the symbolism comes from PAGAN traditions. Oh no! Not the "witches"!

      My grandchildren and great grandchildren will read about this one day and they will feel the same way as we felt reading about the women's sufferage movement and racial segregation.

    • Double standards

      Speaking of excusing horrible behavior…have you totally ignored the news from your "churches"?? All of the cover ups of pastors and priests molesting BOYS?? Who is kidding who here…

      • Double standard

        I believe in science. I believe in anything that can be tested and proven time and time again. There is way more proof of EVOLUTION than the magic trick.

        Again – HOW can you feel your god is so great with all of the suffering in the world? If there is a god, what will you do if it is not Jesus. What if its Buddah? What if its Zeus? What will you do?

        Ps – please turn off your caps lock and spell correctly. It is very hard to take what you say seriously.

      • rich

        This is how u know there is a God, take a breath, and quit worrying about the grammar. You understand perfectly what’s said on this thread. One Man, one
        woman, one union, one God Lord, and and we are under his law not mans

      • Double standard

        You must be trolling. No one can be this delusional…

        Also, did you miss the part that gives away the fact I do not subscribe to your religion? No need to pray especially when the ones who do pray seem to prey…

  • Law and order

    YES AND WE NEED TO VOTE AND DRIVE ALL,OF THESE POLITICIANS WHO LIED TO GET ELECTED OUT OF OFFICE.THEY LIED AND RAN ON THE TICKET OF FAMILY VALUES AND THE MORAL SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE AS A MAN AND A WOMAN AND NOW ONCE IN OFFICE THEY CHANGE TO GO ALONG WITH THE POLITICALLY CORRECT.GET IT STRAIGHT ENEMIES OF GOD POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS NOT THE LAW OF GOD AND ALL OF YOU WHO ENGAGE OR SUPPORT THIS MADNESS WILL SEE FOR GOD WILL LET U SUFFER IN YOUR FILTH AND UNGODLY BEHAVIOR

  • coco

    God bless Cardinal George and the pastors for speaking out against same sex marriage.
    I resent the gays pushing their agenda down our throats.
    Please keep up the good work gentlemen.

  • rich

    Not only is it wrong for them to wed, but they want to raise children, now tell me how and the hell is it possible for a homosexual couple to raise a child who is two or three years old to be a heterosexual adult. like I said the want to create a new race. Heterosexuals have rights too, n you choose to be homosexual, you chose to give up being a mother n father and to be grandparents, and you didn’t choose God.

    • nope

      You ignorant people are all going to hell. Ha! It is quite humurous that you are all prejudice and that is not why God created us. Hell is waiting for all you closed minded martyrs. Cardinal included.

    • Double standard

      This is absurd. How many "traditional" couples abuse their poor babies?? Just because a child is created by a man and a woman does not make them great parents! Since I do not believe in "god" that instantly makes me a horrible and unfit mother? I believe my children would beg to differ.

      • Double standard

        I didn't say perfect parenting…I said people who ABUSE their children! We aren't talking about letting them watch some TV or eating junk food once in awhile.

        This thread is mind numbing.

      • Double standard

        Call DCFS on me then. Please do me a favor and record the laughter on the other end.

        I am the one in control of my life and my destiny. I was not put here by a being who leaves no evidence of existing. You know what evidence I do have? Evolution.

      • Law n order

        U NEED 2 LEAVE THE DRUGS U R TAKING ALONE.EVOLUTION WHO DO U THINK CREATED EVOLUTION.LIKE I SAID LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR U R PROOF OF GOD.WHO CREATED U EVOLUTION WOW U R REALLY DILUSIONAL

        I

    • Double standard

      Honestly, if you want to be viewed as intelligent and taken seriously, please turn off caps lock and spell correctly.

      We have evolved to possess a magnificent brain, please do not waste it. If this means more to you, God blessed you with a magnificent brain, please do not make him regret his decision.

  • nope

    I was raised Catholic and just married in a church. But do not be mistakened, i call b.s. on it all. catholosism is all about collecting part of your earnings and crap. People need to stop living in poverty while these churches are built and remodled to be nicer than mist peoples homes. Catholosism has turned into crap! God made gay people you ignorant asses.

  • Mike Laurin

    A few points to consider regarding Cardinal George and his flock of sheep:

    1. The Catholic church is super slow but eventually gets it right on prima fascia issues. The Vatican finally recognized that the Earth is not the center of the cosmos in the 1970s –over 300 years after this fact

    was widely accepted.

    2. The Catholic church has a long and ugly history of perpetrating systematic torture, widespread persecution, mass killings, and a culture of child rape. From this history, the church claims moral authority on people’s personal lives.

    3. The website of the archdiosis of Chicago includes a section on Defense of Marriage, but none for Defense of Alterboys.

    4. The Catholic church, the archdiosis of Chicago, and all it’s Chicagoland parishes are tax-exempt entities. By federal and state law, when Cardinal George goes on the anti-gay lobbying circuit, he becomes a politician, and the Catholic church becomes a political organization. The Catholic church, in particular– the archdiosis of Chicago — should lose it’s tax-exempt status.

    5. Cardinal George claims gay sex / gay marriage is against his so-called “natural law.” Is the Catholic church’s ban on clergy sex / clergy marriage in accord with this natural law?

    6. Yes, the Catholic church is behind the times, corrupt as the devil, and obsessed with sex. At this rate, the church will get the marriage issue straight in the year 2345.

  • Mike Payne

    An Asteroid (VERY appropriately named "Justice") 1,873 miles in diameter will arrive here next week, and solve the "Anti-Gay Marriage" issue once and for all.

    The one that eliminated the Dinosaurs (if you believe in Dinosaurs) was 6 miles in diameter………

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