Friday, December 23, 2011

Quote of the Day

This is how a Cardinal of the Church chooses to usher in the season of peace, the celebration of Jesus' birth? This is the action of a pathetic man, scared and bewildered. Rather than my impulse to respond in anger, I will choose to view this episode with pity, forgiveness and grace. I will give thanks for the hundreds of Catholics in the pews I know who carry out the true ministry of the Church – generosity of heart, mature and confident in the knowledge that we are all family.

– MN Senator Scott Dibble
(In response to Chicago's Cardinal Francis George's statements
comparing the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan.)

Recommended Off-site Link:
Chicago Archbishop Denounced, Urged to Step Down – Trudy Ring (The Advocate, December 23, 2011).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Senator Scott Dibble's Message of Hope
The Minneapolis (and Online) Premiere of Catholics for Marriage Equality
Responding to Whiny Catholic Bishops Who Cry Victim
Progressive Perspectives on Archbishop Nienstedt's Anti-Gay Activism
Responding to Bishop Tobin's Remarks on Gay Marriage
Joseph O'Leary Responds to Carson Holloway's Arguments Against Gay Marriage
A Head and Heart Response to the Hierarchy's Opposition to Marriage Equality

NOTE: Sen. Dibble and his husband Richard feature in Catholics for Marriage Equality MN's video series highlighting LGBT Catholics and their loved ones sharing stories of faith, family and marriage. To view this series, click here.


Paula said...

Cardinal George's "Ku Klux Klan" analogy for gay pride festival shows the cast of his mind. What if he encouraged the pastor and parishioners of the church to celebrate with the people in the streets? It is all about where one thinks God is to be found. Is the Chicago Gay Pride very different from the Minneapolis one? I find the Minneapolis one inspiring. We should invite Cardinal George to come walk with all the happy families and friends on Hennepin Avenue next June.

William D. Lindsey said...

Thank God for Senator Dibble and his fidelity to the gospel. And for you, Michael, and all the wonderful things you do through your blog and in your advocacy for human rights. A great Christmas and 2012 to you and yours.