Governor Pat Quinn Has Face-to-Face with Cardinal George to discuss “Faith, Conscience, Common Good”By
Quinn, a practicing Catholic, met privately with George and bishops at the Union League Club in the Loop. With reporters waiting outside two of the doors to the club, the governor quickly ducked into a car at a third entrance without commenting after spending about two hours inside.
George spoke briefly to reporters after the sit-down, saying it was “a pastoral meeting, so we raised pastoral issues that aren’t directly political, and in that sense it was a personal meeting that we agreed would remain a pastoral conversation.”
… The cardinal said today’s meeting took place at Quinn’s invitation.
“I think we shared some concerns on both sides,” George said. “It was a friendly and open meeting, but it was pastoral. So it was on faith and conscience, and the way in which the church engages in public life for the common good.”
Well, it’s good to see that the meeting happened. On another level, however, this gives Governor Quinn even less excuse to claim he is ignorant of the Church’s teaching and less ability to claim his public positions are in harmony with his Catholic faith. Dialogue is not an end in itself. Still, we should continue to pray that he experiences a conversion of heart before the situation further deteriorates.