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Cardinal George slams Chicago mayor’s comments on Chick-fil-A marriage flap
Lifesite News ^ | 7/31/12 | Thaddeus Baklinski

Posted on 07/31/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT by rhema

Cardinal Francis George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, has taken aim at remarks by the mayor and an alderman of Chicago slamming Chick-Fil-A’s public stance in support of true marriage.

“Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the ‘values’ that must be held by citizens of Chicago,” Cardinal George wrote in a “Reflection on ‘Chicago Values’.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is also co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, told the Chicago Tribune last week that he agreed with the reasons for Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno’s effort to stop Chick-fil-A from opening a new restaurant in the city based on CEO Dan Cathy’s “bigoted, homophobic” views.

Cathy, who is famously outspoken in his Christian beliefs, had said that he was “guilty as charged” for supporting traditional marriage, saying that redefining the institution means “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel told the Tribune. “They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”

The following day mayoral press secretary Tarrah Cooper issued a statement saying, “The Mayor simply said that Chick-fil-A’s CEO does not share Chicago’s values. He did not say that he would block or play any role in the company opening a new restaurant here. If they meet all the usual requirements, then they can open their restaurant, but he does not believe the CEO’s values are reflective of our city,” according to a Sun-Times report.

But Cardinal George begs to differ with the mayor’s understanding of ‘Chicago values’. “I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval,” he wrote. “Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city? Is the City Council going to set up a ‘Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities’ and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it?

“I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, ‘un-Chicagoan.’”

The Cardinal said that support for gay “marriage” has become “a litmus test for bigotry.” But, he pointed out, Jesus affirmed true marriage “when he spoke of “two becoming one flesh (Mt. 19: 4-6).”

“Was Jesus a bigot? Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan? Would Jesus be more ‘enlightened’ if he had the privilege of living in our society?” the cardinal asked.

“One is welcome to believe that, of course; but it should not become the official state religion, at least not in a land that still fancies itself free. Surely there must be a way to properly respect people who are gay or lesbian without using civil law to undermine the nature of marriage.”

“Marriage exists because human nature comes in two complementary sexes: male and female,” the cardinal said. “The sexual union of a man and woman is called the marital act because the two become physically one in a way that is impossible between two men or two women. Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital. Gender is inextricably bound up with physical sexual identity; and ‘gender-free marriage’ is a contradiction in terms, like a square circle.”

The full text of Cardinal George’s Reflections on “Chicago values” is available here.

“Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” launched on Facebook by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, asking supporters to “simply show up and eat at Chick-fil-A” takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1.

Information on “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” is available here.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: cardinalgeorge; catholic; chickfila; emanuel; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; rahm

1 posted on 07/31/2012 12:23:10 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

Bravo Cardinal George!


2 posted on 07/31/2012 12:28:29 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: rhema

“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel told the Tribune. “They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”

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If the Chick-fil-a cows started shooting people would that be better?


3 posted on 07/31/2012 12:30:19 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: rhema

He is very good.


4 posted on 07/31/2012 12:32:20 PM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: rhema

Bravo, Cardinal George! This is where Christians have to draw the line.


5 posted on 07/31/2012 12:32:37 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: rhema

"My understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval.”

-- Cardinal Francis George

6 posted on 07/31/2012 12:39:39 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
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To: rhema

Chicago values=No values


7 posted on 07/31/2012 12:42:23 PM PDT by culpeper (I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny... TJ)
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To: rhema

WOW.. I didn’t think he had it in him. I’m pleased to be proved wrong. Loved this! Thanks rhema..


8 posted on 07/31/2012 12:47:26 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: rhema

““Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” launched on Facebook by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, asking supporters to “simply show up and eat at Chick-fil-A” takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1. “

4 blocks away from me in the middle of Hollywood, Mexifornia. I doubt the ass munchers from GLAAD 3 blocks away would make a fool of themselves tomorrow, but they’ve been fools for a,long time now..


9 posted on 07/31/2012 1:07:07 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: rhema

And how do a man and a woman become “one flesh”? By making children together, how else?

Queer couples, how do YOU do it?


10 posted on 07/31/2012 1:18:51 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: max americana

This is a great reason to try Chick-Fil-A for myself for the first time.


11 posted on 07/31/2012 1:23:37 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: barmag25
“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel told the Tribune.

That's clearly accurate. Chick Fil-A doesn't register dead people to vote in elections, pay off the Outfit for special favors, kill off opponents, go through rival neighborhoods shooting anything that moves, or elect ballet-dancing queers to lead them.

12 posted on 07/31/2012 1:31:52 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: rhema
Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan?

Good Lord, I hope not!!!!

13 posted on 07/31/2012 1:32:54 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Blue Highway

You would have thought it was CFA Appreciation Day here today at the Lancaster, PA. location. ‘Bidness’ was a hoppin’ quite robustly at the lunchtime hour.


14 posted on 07/31/2012 1:33:15 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: rhema

Are you going to stand with the Cardinal or are you going to stand with Rahm Emmanuel?


15 posted on 07/31/2012 1:33:59 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: rhema

About 17% of Americans align themselves with Rambo’s liberal values of amorality. They make a lot of noise for such a small mob.


16 posted on 07/31/2012 1:35:36 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Blue Highway

I went to a Chick-Fil-A for the first time a few days ago. Took several people with me. I’m planning on going again tomorrow for the “buy-cott.” Indeed, I’m going to be re-directing my intermittant fast-food outings to there as much as possible.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 1:41:58 PM PDT by greene66
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To: rhema

Thank you, Cardinal George for speaking out.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 1:43:38 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

bump


19 posted on 07/31/2012 1:54:42 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: rhema

Emanuel - How’s that $hit sandwich your having shoved down your throat taste there buddy?


20 posted on 07/31/2012 2:08:41 PM PDT by reefdiver (Shoeless John Roberts, An American Tragedy.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
"My understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval.”

GREAT WORK your Eminance ....now bottle up some of that Spine Stiffener and send it to every parish priest in the nation...with instructions to take a dose every Sunday and then get up there in the pulpit and smoke the libs.
21 posted on 07/31/2012 2:41:58 PM PDT by jimsin (S)
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To: rhema

Way to Go, FRANKIE!!!!


22 posted on 07/31/2012 3:45:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: rhema

Way to Go, FRANKIE!!!!


23 posted on 07/31/2012 3:45:53 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: culpeper

Sadly...Chicago Values are IMMORAL VALUES......KILLING BABIES and OTHERS and GAY EVERYTHING!!! LEVAE ME OUT of CHICAGO VALUES!!


24 posted on 07/31/2012 3:47:42 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Blue Highway

Try it. I go there on a normal day because the checkout girls are hot.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 4:24:01 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: BillyBoy

Good for him.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 4:37:13 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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