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    Thursday
    Dec292011

    Cardinal George Stands By KKK Comment, Calls For His Resignation Continue

    Huffington Post - December 29, 2011

    Though he has come under fire by LGBT advocates over a comment he recently made comparing Gay Pride Parade organizers to "something like the Ku Klux Klan," Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, stood by that contentious comparison in a statement issued this week.

    "[T]he organizers invited an obvious comparistion to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church," the Cardinal said in a statement, as reported by theWindy City Times concerning the comment. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Dec232011

    Most Holy Redeemer, Catholic Church In San Francisco, Told To Disinvite Gay-Friendly Speakers

    Huffington Post - December 23, 2011

    This month, Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco's Castro District was left disappointed after Archbishop George Niederauer asked the parish to rescind invitations to three gay-friendly clergy members to speak at a series of pre-Christmas Advent services.

    "The archbishop felt the speakers were inappropriate for the season of Advent which should be a time to reflect on the coming of Christ," said archdiocese spokesman George Wesolek to the San Francisco Chronicle. In the Catholic Church, Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas. [Read Full Story]

    Thursday
    Dec152011

    Archbishop issues "marriage prayer" for Catholics to recite at mass 

    By Rose French, Star Tribune - December 15, 2011

    In an effort to promote the passage of the marriage amendment to the state's constituion, Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt wants Catholics to recite a special prayer during mass.

    He’s also urging area Catholics “to embrace Fridays as a particular day of prayer and sacrifice for the success of this most current struggle to defend marriage with our civil constitution. Without such deliberate prayers and sacrifices, our efforts will be in vain. But with God, all things are possible.”

    “Much rides on the success of our struggle to defend marriage,” according to Nienstedt, who made the comments in a letter posted on the archdiocese's website. [Read Full Story]

    Thursday
    Dec082011

    Gay marriage - a Lutheran leader's plea to Catholic bishops

    By Herbert W. Chilstrom, Minnesota Star-Tribune Commentary - December 8, 2011

    To My Brothers -- The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota: 

    In 1976 I was elected a Lutheran bishop in Minnesota -- one of seven such Lutheran leaders in the state. Over the next years one of the highlights of my time in office was the annual noon-to-noon retreat with our eight Catholic counterparts in the state.

    The bond that developed between us was deep and respectful. We shared our differences; we celebrated our likenesses. My friendship with Archbishop John Roach and Bishop Raymond Lucker, in particular, is a blessing I will treasure as long as I live. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

    Thursday
    Dec082011

    Gay priest vindicated

    By Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com - December 8, 2011

    File this in the "How do you like that?" category:

    Ten months ago, there was an uproar when Father Jim St. George, an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College, was fired by the school for being gay. 

    At the time, college President Carol Jean Vale SSJ stated that, "While we welcome diversity, it is expected that all members of our College community, regardless of their personal beliefs, respect and uphold our Roman Catholic mission, character and values both in the classroom and in public statements that identify them with our school. For this reason, we chose not to offer an additional contract to St. George." [Read Full Story]