Cardinal describes 'nice' meeting with Quinn

CHICAGO (AP) -- Cardinal Francis George says he and the state's 13 Catholic bishops had a friendly, faith-based discussion with Gov. Pat Quinn about a month after a public disagreement.

The cardinal and bishops scolded Quinn last month for agreeing to present an award at a ceremony hosted by an abortion-rights organization. They toned down that criticism after learning the award was given to a rape victim.

They later sent the Catholic governor a letter requesting a meeting.

During the two-hour gathering Friday, George says both sides shared concerns.

He said it was a friendly, open meeting that was "on faith and conscience and the way in which the church engages in public life for the common good."

Quinn said before the meeting that it was "very healthy to have a dialog."

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