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Cardinal George Notices that Marchers Are Trying to Intimidate Catholics ; Tribune Finds it Bizarre

Chicago Tribune 30 December 2011 No Comment

The gay community wasn’t trying to antagonize Catholics when it drew up a plan that would send its floats past the Belmont Avenue church next June. Last year’s Chicago Pride Parade drew more than 700,000 spectators, and organizers and city officials agreed it had outgrown its old route.


The change of venue was meant to address safety concerns, including accessibility for emergency vehicles. But the church’s pastor objected, saying parishioners would have a hard time getting to Mass.

They’d also get an eyeful, as anyone who’s attended a pride parade can attest. The parade runs through Lakeview East, the cultural center of Chicagoland’s LGBT community, passing a number of churches whose pews are regularly filled with gay parishioners. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in fact, has a gay outreach Mass every Sunday at 7 p.m.

Parade organizers said they were surprised — but willing to compromise —when they learned the church’s pastor had encouraged the congregation to lobby the local alderman to adjust the route. The Rev. Thomas Srenn told the Tribune he had not involved the cardinal because he considered it a local issue.

So George wasn’t fully in the loop when he made his on-camera remarks. But he forged ahead with his bizarre analogy.

“The rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan, the rhetoric of the gay liberation people — who is the enemy? The Catholic Church.”

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