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Cardinal George warns of same-sex marriage 'consequences'
Tina Sfondeles -- Rich Hein/Sun-Times -- November 15, 2013 11:22PM

Cardinal Francis George is warning there will be "consequences" for the Catholic church and society in light of same-sex marriage legislation in the state.

"The law has made some gays and lesbians happy, and that is not a bad thing in itself. The law, however, is bad law because it will contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society," George writes in a letter obtained by NBC Chicago, which will be placed in all church bulletins throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago on Sunday.

Still, George says the church will do its best "to adjust to this one for the sake of social harmony."

George also brings up a controversial interview with Pope Francis published worldwide in September, in which the pontiff called for the church to lessen its focus on homosexuality, abortion and contraception and instead be more merciful to all of its members.

"The Pope was not speaking about approving gay marriage. To use his words against his teaching, as they were used on the floor of the State House of Representatives of November 5, is less than intellectually honest," George writes.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield this week blasted Catholic politicians who pushed for passage of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act and ridiculed some of Illinois' leaders for "twisting the words of the pope."

Paprocki said he will preside over a prayer service of "supplication and exorcism" next Wednesday to counteract Gov. Pat Quinn's enactment that day of same-sex marriage in Illinois.

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