In recent years, the Roman Catholic Church has seen the divide grow between the actions of church leadership and what’s in the hearts of the people they are supposed to represent.
As state legislatures in New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington are moving closer to approving marriage equality legislation, religious voices are speaking out in support of equality.
There’s been extensive media coverage of Cardinal George in Chicago (and in Green Bay). The following is a roundup of other actions and statements from the Roman Catholic hierarchy that continues to alienate and demonize both LGBT people and fair-minded Catholics.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cardinal George said, “I am truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused, particularly because we all have friends or family members who are gay and lesbian. This has evidently wounded a good number of people. I have family members myself who are gay and lesbian, so it's part of our lives. So I'm sorry for the hurt."
In the days following Chicago Cardinal Francis George’s comparison that the LGBT movement could “morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism,” LGBT-affirming Catholics have spoken out against such harmful words and for the unity of their church with the LGBT community.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was held in Baltimore last week. Many in the media responded to the claims by Catholic leadership that the church's religious freedom needs to be protected because of marriage equality.
The Roman Catholic hierarchy is showing how it doesn’t quite have its finger on the pulse of much of the Roman Catholic world population when it comes to the issue of marriage equality.