Insight from Francis Cardinal George

While I was vacationing with my family, Cardinal George released this excellent blog post reflecting on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s statement about Chicago values. In case you haven’t seen it, here is an excerpt:

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. I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval. 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 value in question is espousal of “gender-free marriage.” Approval of state-sponsored homosexual unions has very quickly become a litmus test for bigotry; and espousing the understanding of marriage that has prevailed among all peoples throughout human history is now, supposedly, outside the American consensus. Are Americans so exceptional that we are free to define “marriage” (or other institutions we did not invent) at will? What are we re-defining?

You can read the whole statement here.

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11 Responses to “Insight from Francis Cardinal George”

  1. Marge Edwards says:

    Good statement, Cardinal.

  2. Sean says:

    Honestly, Your Eminence, if you guys would spend as much time preaching the love of Jesus Christ as you do on this stuff, the Chrch in America would be much better off!

  3. Polly says:

    Wonderful article.

  4. Jim says:

    Great letter from Cardinal George!

    I am deeply troubled by reports that you have invited President Obama to the Al Smith dinner. Can you please comment on this situation? If true, what motivated you to do this? To avoid scandalizing Catholics on a worldwide level, please undo this grave harm and scandal and uninvite him!

  5. Kudos to Cardinal George. I am not too old to remember when a certain European country forbid its citizens from patronizing stores owned by those of the Jewish faith. These current attempts to ban stores because the owner was a Baptist who was not afraid to endorse the biblical definitipon of marriage are not terribly different. We are on a slippery slope and these new bias attempts demonstrate that.

  6. Monica Harmon says:

    We here in America respect the principle of freedom both as a universal wish which
    underlies human dignity, essential to the vital expression of conscience,
    and as a concept which we like to identify as being a hallmark of our own nation in

    So references to freedom and especially to freedom of conscience are sure to be made both by those who oppose and by those who favor single-gender marriage, birth control,
    legal abortion, various possible roles and functions of government and, of course, any number of other issues and ideas in our world.

    In all this whirl and tussle of ideas, there are those which represent the beliefs
    and teachings of the Catholic Church, dearly held. And the Church must always stand up
    for them, which means, in no small measure, to be ready Numto explain them clearly, precisely, eloquently and compellingly to the world at large.

    Certainly, just as the Church is compelled by its conscience, others who do not share some
    of the Church’s beliefs may be deeply compelled by their own consciences as well; that is life. Political democracies were designed with the intent of
    allowing differing viewpoints to be considered in civil and
    orderly ways.

    Thanks to Cardinal Dolan for inviting both President Obama and Mitt Romney to the
    Al Smith dinner.

  7. renee harris says:

    What you say makes sense but does it apply to President Obama making the same kinds of decisions for the people of the U. S.
    and if it implies that the govt cannot make those kinds of decisions for us then why would he be invited to New York for the Catholic Charities Al Smith Fundraiser, this must be a contradiction to what you have just implied in this article. Respectfully yours and concerned,

  8. Carl says:

    Why did the Cardinal invite the president to the Smith event? If the Cardinal believes we are in a fight for our religous freedom, and we are…, then he should NOT give the president a phot-op with Catholic leadership.


    GOD Bless

  9. Bruce Curley says:

    I’m confused. If Cardinal Dolan is suing the Obama Administration because that Administration has basically ordered Catholics to commit mortal sin under Obamacare mandates, why in God’s name would he invite Obama to the Al Smith dinner?

  10. Irene says:

    I think it is a good think it is a very good thing that the President of the United States and the Republican candidate are coming to dinner. Catholic Charities can use the support.

  11. Glenn Lego says:

    Perhaps the Cardinal could do as Pope Benedict when he hosted Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican and forbid any photo ops at the dinner. That would seem to be what both candidates want to come to the dinner for-photo ops! Simply disappoint them and don’t have any!