CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Cardinal Francis George and several Catholic bishops were wrong to criticize him for
agreeing to present an award at a ceremony hosted by an
Quinn is to present rape victim and counselor Jennie Goodman
with an award at a Nov. 17 luncheon hosted by Personal PAC, which
aims to elect pro-choice candidates.
On Sunday, Cardinal George told the Chicago Tribune that he and
the bishops didn't know Quinn was to give Goodman the award.
The cardinal and bishops, through the Catholic Conference of Illinois, issued a statement last week saying Quinn was rewarding those who support "the legal right to kill children in their mothers' wombs."
Quinn had responded, saying that giving an award to a rape victim is "a proper, Christian thing to do."
Cardinal George said he "deeply" regrets that the statement he and the bishops issued dragged Goodman into the matter.
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