Critics demand Cardinal George back out of alleged gay conversion conference

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Critics are demanding that Cardinal Francis George cancel plans to hold a mass during a controversial conference that would allegedly use conversion therapy.

According to the Chicago Sun-times, the four-day “Courage Conference” starts Thursday in Mundelein. It’s organized by Courage International Inc., a Connecticut-based Roman Catholic Apostolate that encourages gay men and women to remain celibate. George is scheduled to celebrate mass on Friday.

In a petition of more than 14,000 signatures critics said ‘Courage’ believes conversion therapy can cure homosexuality, but it actually leads to suicide and depression.

Conference organizers denied the claims.

Cardinal George told the Sun-times, “Courage is an organization of homosexually-oriented Catholics who support one another in their quest for holiness as homosexuals. I haven’t seen their program, but their literature speaks only of spirituality, not of therapy.

“When national Catholic organizations meet, the local Bishop is often asked to offer Mass for them. That’s the only reason I’ll be there. (It’s called loving your neighbor.)”

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  • Diane

    Cardinal George is doing the correct thing: showing love and providing religious support in this time of hate. By offering mass, he is not encouraging anybody to change their sexual tendencies. It is time we begin thinking of us not us vs them.