WATCH: Chi. Cardinal Pens Anti–Marriage Equality Letter

Cardinal Francis George has asked for the letter to be distributed throughout the Chicago archdiocese Sunday.

BY Trudy Ring

November 16 2013 6:58 PM ET

Cardinal Francis George

Those attending services at Roman Catholic churches in the Chicago archdiocese Sunday will get an anti–marriage equality letter in their church bulletin.

Cardinal Francis George, who heads the Chicago archdiocese, has asked for the letter to be distributed throughout the region, reports Chicago TV station WMAQ. This comes after the head of another Illinois Catholic archdiocese, in Springfield, announced plans for a service of prayer and exorcism Wednesday, the day Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign the Illinois marriage equality bill into law.

“There will be consequences for the Church and society that will become clearer as the law is used to sue for discrimination,” the cardinal’s letter reads in part, according to WMAQ. He adds, “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.”

Cardinal George also writes that Pope Francis’s conciliatory words toward LGBT people, such as “Who am I to judge?” have been misused by politicians in the marriage debate.

Watch the station’s report below.

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