Book: Cardinal George asked Catholic group to drop Quinn honor

June 5, 2012 2:13:46 PM PDT
Private Vatican correspondence published in a new Italian bestseller reportedly includes a plea from Chicago's Francis Cardinal George.

The cardinal reportedly asked a Roman Catholic group to drop plans to honor Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for his work to abolish the death penalty.

Although George and Quinn agree on capital punishment, the cardinal has criticized the Roman Catholic governor for his support of abortion rights and same-sex civil unions.

A spokeswoman for the cardinal tells The Chicago Tribune that George knows about his cameo in the book but would not confirm whether the memo was fact or fiction.