Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has apologized for remarks comparing an annual gay rights parade to a Ku Klux Klan rally.
In a Chicago Tribune interview, George said he is “truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused.” George said he has gay and lesbian family members, and his remarks “evidently wounded a good number of people. I am sorry for the hurt.”
The cardinal’s initial remarks just before Christmas were prompted by plans by gay pride leaders to route a parade at a time that would have interfered with services at a church. He said it resembled anti-Catholic marches once staged by the Klan. The time of the parade was changed. Gay rights groups condemned his comments.
An official of The Civil Rights Agenda, which called for George’s resignation because of his remarks, said Friday that he is pleased by the cardinal’s apology. Anthony Martinez, executive director for the gay rights group, said George has set a good example of leadership by admitting he was wrong….
And a story just starting that could have significant implications for November 2012 Elections……
Five former ambassadors to the Vatican endorsed Mitt Romney on Saturday, 7 January, choosing a Mormon over two Roman Catholic rivals in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. In a statement showcased by Mr. Romney’s campaign, the ambassadors said they “are united in our wholehearted support for the candidacy of Mitt Romney for the Presidency of the United States because of his commitment to and support of the values that we feel are critical in a national leader.”
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are both Catholics and often talk about their religion and values on the campaign trail.
The endorsements could also help blunt any under-the-radar attacks by religious conservatives who oppose Mr. Romney because of his religion. Last year, some evangelical leaders called Mormonism a cult.
In the statement, the ambassadors cited what they said was Mr. Romney’s commitment to “traditional values” and said that because of his “outstanding record in defense of marriage and the family, we are confident that he understands the importance of strong families as pillars of a vibrant economy and a flourishing polity.”
According to the statement, the ambassadors are:
Thomas Patrick Melady (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1989-1993)
Raymond L. Flynn (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1993-1997)
James Nicholson (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2001-2005)
Francis Rooney (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2005-2008)
Mary Ann Glendon (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2008-2009)
For obvious reasons, the current ambassador Miguel Diaz did not sign the statement. 🙂