February 12, 2006

The Following Statement was Released Today by Joe Murray


Saturday February 11, 9:54 pm ET

CHICAGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rainbow Sash Movement, aAbuse Tracker Catholic Gay/Lesbian Organization, is responding to the announcement that Holy Name Cathedral and the Sacred Liturgy will be used as a back drop to support Cardinal Francis George of Chicago tomorrow, Sunday, February 12, 2006. The Cathedral Church is our place of unity, the Cardinal, by allowing the use of the Cathedral Church as a sign of support of him and against victims of clergy sexual abuse, is striking at the heart of our unity as a Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We call on the Cardinal to rethink this position.

Cardinal Francis George told reporters that, "If I had known then what I know now, we would have found some way to take him out." This statement is well meaning but deeply flawed, a moral baby step. It may comfort the Cardinal to say such things to the media; however, such statements only imply a gooey guise of being pastoral to the victims of clergy sexual abuse, in other words a bandage not a solution.

Posted by kshaw at February 12, 2006 08:21 AM