Cardinal George visits jail, hospital, backtracks on gay comments

Francis Cardinal George made a few pastoral visits on Christmas Day and at one point explained the controversial remarks he recently made about the gay community and the Ku Klux Klan.

On his first stop Sunday morning, the cardinal celebrated mass with detainees at the Cook County Jail.

Later, he visited seriously ill children and their families at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

In a recent interview, the cardinal commented on the route of Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade, which might have forced a church to cancel mass.

He equated the views of some gay rights activists to that of the Klan. On Sunday, he softened those remarks. [more]