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Partial confession is good for the soul


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  • Thomas Quine
Statement from Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago—Jan. 6, 2012:

During a recent TV interview, speaking about this year's Gay Pride Parade, I used an analogy that is inflammatory.

I am personally distressed that what I said has been taken to mean that I believe all gays and lesbians are like members of the Klan. I do not believe that; it is obviously not true. Many people have friends and family members who are gay or lesbian, as have I. We love them; they are part of our lives, part of who we are. I am deeply sorry for the hurt that my remarks have brought to the hearts of gays and lesbians and their families.

I can only say that my remarks were motivated by fear for the Church's liberty. This is a larger topic that cannot be explored in this expression of personal sorrow and sympathy for those who were wounded by what I said.


Bless me father, for I have sinned. It has been one week since my last confession. During that week, I swore at my brother three times and punched him twice. I am personally distressed that he took this negatively.

In school last week, I used an inflammatory simile in referring to one of my teachers. I said she was as fat as a pig, and she overheard me. I am deeply sorry that she may have taken it to mean I dislike her, or that I dislike fat people. I also regret that other teachers may think I believe all teachers are fat, which a few of them are not. Teachers are part of my life, part of who I am. If any pigs were offended, I regret that too.

On Wednesday, I borrowed a magazine and two candy bars from the 7-Eleven. I worry that if the storekeeper finds out, he may take this as a personal criticism of his store, which I like very much, especially the candy-bar rack next to the door.

I also disobeyed my parents by drinking some of their raspberry vodka in the pantry one evening when they were asleep. Or maybe three evenings. If they catch on, they will be disappointed in me, and in the shortage of vodka. I can only say that my actions were motivated by fear for my liberty. This is a larger topic that cannot be explored in today's confession.

For these and all the sins of my past life, I humbly beg the pardon of Almighty God, of you, father, and of all the touchy people I may have inadvertently wounded.


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