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Francis George

Francis George
Cardinal Francis George is Chicago's eighth archbishop and one of the most prominent leaders in the American Roman Catholic Church. Often described by his brother bishops as brilliant, George is the leading intellectual voice of the American church and has emerged as the key point man between the U.S. and the Vatican on matters ranging from clergy sexual abuse to the language of the mass. A Northwest Side native, George conquered childhood polio to embark on a spiritual career that took him across the globe as a missionary. His journey brought him back home when he was appointed spiritual leader of the Chicago archdiocese and its 2.4 million Catholics. At his installation in Chicago in May 1... Show more »
Cardinal Francis George is Chicago's eighth archbishop and one of the most prominent leaders in the American Roman Catholic Church. Often described by his brother bishops as brilliant, George is the leading intellectual voice of the American church and has emerged as the key point man between the U.S. and the Vatican on matters ranging from clergy sexual abuse to the language of the mass. A Northwest Side native, George conquered childhood polio to embark on a spiritual career that took him across the globe as a missionary. His journey brought him back home when he was appointed spiritual leader of the Chicago archdiocese and its 2.4 million Catholics. At his installation in Chicago in May 1997, George introduced himself humbly to his new flock by saying: "I am Francis, your neighbor." « Show less

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  • Quinn defends himself against Catholic criticism

    Quinn defends himself against Catholic criticism
    Gov. Pat Quinn today said he's following his conscience by presenting an award at an upcoming event for an abortion rights political action committee, a move that prompted Cardinal Francis George and five other Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois to...
  • Quinn, Cardinal George sit down privately after public disputes

    Quinn, Cardinal George sit down privately after public disputes
    Gov. Pat Quinn met with Cardinal Francis George and other area Catholic leaders today to try to clear the air after some recent public disagreements. Quinn, a practicing Catholic, met privately with George and bishops at the Union League Club in the...
  • Review of 'Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church' by Jason Berry

    Review of 'Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church' by Jason Berry
    What does a church do when faced with potentially having to pay billions of dollars in damages to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of its clergy? As Jason Berry documents so well in his compelling new book, "Render Unto Rome," the Catholic Church's...
  • In inauguration, Emanuel steers away from Daley and sets own course

    In inauguration, Emanuel steers away from Daley and sets own course
    Rahm Emanuel took control of City Hall on Monday, calling for change and challenging Chicagoans to share in the work — and the pain — that lies ahead. On a crisp morning in picturesque Millennium Park, a landmark achievement of Richard M....
  • Illinois dioceses, other Catholic groups sue over White House insurance mandate

    Illinois dioceses, other Catholic groups sue over White House insurance mandate
    The Roman Catholic dioceses of Springfield and Joliet have joined 41 other religious institutions filing simultaneous lawsuits that challenge the Obama administration's mandate that many religious employers have their health insurance cover the cost of...
  • In surprise pick, U.S. Catholic bishops choose N.Y. archbishop as new leader

     
    From The Associated Press: BALTIMORE — New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected Tuesday to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in an upset victory over an Arizona vice president with a moderate style who had been widely...
  • Cardinal: Gays and lesbians exclude themselves from Catholic Church

     
    In a talk with students at Northwestern University in Chicago, Cardinal Francis George said gays and lesbians aren't excluded from the church, according to The Daily Northwestern. “If they feel they are excluded, it is only because they have decided...
  • Perhaps my disinterested ravings will interest you

     
    The language-is-organic folks contend we should abandon efforts to preserve the distinction between “uninterested” and “disinterested,” since the two are often used interchangeably to mean a lack of interest. From Thursday's...
  • Student activists pleased with Illinois DREAM Act passage

     
    When Illinois passed its own version of the DREAM Act in late May, a DePaul student group shared some of the credit in the successful lobbying effort....
  • Is secularism a threat to religious freedom?

    Q. A Mormon leader recently made a speech, in which he claimed religious freedom in America is under assault from secularization and a growing gay rights movement. In his speech, Elder Dallin H. Oaks warned of “an alarming trajectory of events...
  • Rev. Pfleger mum on reports he will head Leo H.S.

    Rev. Pfleger mum on reports he will head Leo H.S.
    Rev. Michael Pfleger today would not comment about unconfirmed reports that he has been asked to leave St. Sabina Catholic Church to become president of Leo High School, saying his conversations with the Archdiocese of Chicago are a confidential matter. ...