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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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  • Cardinal under fire for comparing gay rights movement to Klan

    Cardinal under fire for comparing gay rights movement to Klan
    Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has never been shy about expressing his views on divisive issues like abortion rights and civil unions for same-sex couples. But gay rights groups say the Chicago archbishop crossed the line when he compared the...
  • Cardinal defends comparing gay parade organizers to KKK

    Cardinal defends comparing gay parade organizers to KKK
    Setting off a new round in his dispute with gay right activists, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has issued a statement defending his recent comparison of the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan. George’s initial comments came in...
  • Monday, January 9, 2012

    5:30 - 9 a.m.  Jonathon Brandmeier5:35 a.m.  Jonathon Brandmeier has details on how you can win tickets to the Cubs Convention. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Mike McConnell  10:05 a.m.  Just like Mike McConnell, Onstar is always there for you.  Later this morning,...
  • Cardinal George apologizes for linking Pride Parade to KKK

    Cardinal George apologizes for linking Pride Parade to KKK
    Chicago's Cardinal Francis George apologized Friday for remarks aired on Christmas Day comparing the gay pride parade to the Ku Klux Klan. "I am truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused," George said in an interview with the Tribune. "Particularly...
  • Cardinal George names new chief operating officer for archdiocese

    Cardinal George names new chief operating officer for archdiocese
    Preparing to submit his mandatory letter of resignation to the pope, Cardinal Francis George named a new chief operating officer for the archdiocese on Tuesday, and announced other key changes to local governance. The Rev. Peter Snieg will become...
  • Is the Church really this blind?

    In 2004, Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, proclaimed that after two years of relentless investigations into priests who sexually abused children and the bishops who protected them, "the scandal is history." For...
  • Notre Dame's Obama flap

    Notre Dame's Obama flap
    After Barack Obama was elected president, Pope Benedict XVI sent him a congratulatory letter. So did Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the time, neither the Vatican nor the Catholic bishops...
  • Why a liberal Catholic is embarrassed

    In his recent L.A. Times article, "None So Blind," Jason Berry describes Chicago's Cardinal Francis George, who is about to assume leadership of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, as arrogant and callous. But George's character and attitudes are not...
  • Letters to the editor

    Obama at Notre Dame Re “Catholicism and politics,” editorial, April 1 The Times makes a poor case against well-founded Catholic criticism of Notre Dame's decision to invite President Obama to speak at graduation. A commencement speaker...
  • Chicago Catholic Archdiocese offers counseling for families of sex abuse victims

    Long scorned by victims' advocates for not doing enough to help survivors of clergy sex abuse, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has tried to make up for lost time and lost souls. On Tuesday, the archdiocese launched an unprecedented counseling...
  • Cardinal sees odds Obama must face

    Cardinal sees odds Obama must face
    BALTIMORE — Chicago's Cardinal Francis George applauded the rise of an African-American to the White House, but he cautioned that President-elect Barack Obama faces "formidable" odds in serving the good of all. "In working for the common good of...