January 14, 2013

Cardinal Francis George told Chicago-area Catholics that the passage of a same-sex marriage law in the state would be “acting against the common good of society.

This proposed legislation will have long-term consequences because laws teach; they tell us what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform to the dictates of their respective society, at least in the short run,” he wrote in a Jan. 1 letter.

The cardinal said the Catholic Church is not “anti-gay” because it “welcomes everyone, respects each one personally and gives to each the spiritual means necessary to convert to God’s ways and maintain friendship with Christ.”