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  • Cardinal George: No Catholic Hospitals in 2 Years Unless HHS Mandate is Rescinded

    02/27/2012 9:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Warning that the Church is being “despoiled of her institutions” as “freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that “the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must ‘give up’ her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.” “So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society,” he continues. “The government has not compelled them to perform or pay for what...
  • Catholic Caucus: Cardinal George hits back at critics of defund pro-gay ‘marriage’ immigrant[s]

    07/31/2013 2:20:35 PM PDT · by topher · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jul 31, 2013 16:09 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    CHICAGO, IL, July 31, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – After a group of eight Catholic Democrats published an open letter in the Chicago Tribune Monday accusing Cardinal Francis George of political blackmail for threatening to withhold charitable funding from an immigrant group that recently came out in favor of same-sex “marriage,” the cardinal fired back in a statement, calling the letter’s signers cynical and “intellectually and morally dishonest.” The Chicago diocese’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) had been contributing between $25,000 and $30,000 each year to several member groups of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to aid...
  • 'The will of God is not entirely clear': Cardinal hints at tough task facing church

    03/11/2013 6:44:29 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/10/13 | Alastair Jamieson, Keir Simmons and Yuka Tachibana
    ROME — An American cardinal in Rome hinted Sunday at the difficulty of deciding who should be the next pope, saying the papal conclave was a time when “the will of God is not entirely clear.” Chicago’s archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, asked for “help and prayers” as he and 114 other cardinals prepared to enter the papal conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. “I ask you for your prayer to help the Holy Spirit to be present among us to open our hearts and our minds to what is the will of God for his people throughout...
  • Another cancer battle for George

    08/18/2012 7:31:22 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-18-12 | Dahleen Glanton, Deborah L. Shelton and Jennifer Delgado
    Cardinal Francis George, who battled bladder cancer six years ago, learned Friday that the disease has returned to his kidney and liver, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. George, 75, underwent a procedure Wednesday during which a nodule was removed from his liver, according to a statement from the archdiocese. He met with doctors Friday and was told there were cancerous cells in his kidney and liver. The news of George's latest bout with cancer rattled Chicago's 2.3 million-strong Catholic community, some of whom learned of the cardinal's illness during evening Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.
  • Cardinal George slams Chicago mayor’s comments on Chick-fil-A marriage flap

    07/31/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 7/31/12 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Cardinal Francis George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, has taken aim at remarks by the mayor and an alderman of Chicago slamming Chick-Fil-A’s public stance in support of true marriage. “Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the ‘values’ that must be held by citizens of Chicago,” Cardinal George wrote in a “Reflection on ‘Chicago Values’.”Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is also co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, told the Chicago Tribune last week that he agreed with the reasons for Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno’s effort...
  • Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag

    02/29/2012 1:14:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    First Amendment: The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close. On the first Sunday of Lent, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George issued his version of the letter issued by the USCCB he recently led. It shredded assurances by the administration that things could be worked out so that religious freedom would not be impaired and painted a bleak future that just might be the administration's intent. Going a bit further than his peers, Cardinal George essentially rejected...
  • Cardinal George: no Catholic hospitals in 2 years unless HHS mandate is rescinded

    02/27/2012 9:15:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 7+ views
    Warning that the Church is being “despoiled of her institutions” as “freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that “the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must ‘give up’ her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.” “So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society,” he continues. “The government has not compelled them to perform or pay for what...
  • Cardinal George's Troubling Apology

    01/09/2012 8:40:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    With all due respect to Cardinal Francis George, I think his apology is misguided and his reasoning troubling: During a recent TV interview, speaking about this year's Gay Pride Parade, I used an analogy that is inflammatory.I am personally distressed that what I said has been taken to mean that I believe all gays and lesbians*are like members of the Klan. I do not believe that; it is obviously not true. Many people have friends and family members who are gay or lesbian, as have I. We love them; they are part of our lives, part of who we are....
  • Gov. Quinn vs. The Bishops

    12/20/2011 10:22:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2.18.11 | Matthew Archbold
    Things were a little weird when Governor Pat Quinn, a Catholic, decided to present a pro-choice award for a pro-abortion rights PAC. The bishops responded strongly by saying, “This approach is irreconcilable with any honest profession of the Catholic faith. While we deeply regret and oppose his actions, we continue to pray for his conversion and the protection of unborn human life.”Things got a little stranger when the bishops publicly balked and arranged a meeting with the Governor to discuss Quinn’s “personal approval of laws permitting the killing of unborn children.” But this weekend, things got downright bizarre. Governor Pat...
  • Kadner: George vs. Pfleger ignores true fight (FLAKY FATHER MIKE ALERT)

    05/06/2011 5:58:37 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 11 replies
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | May 6, 2011 | Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com | (708) 633-6787
    I was going to start this column with a quote from St. Thomas Aquinas warning against obedience to church superiors “in all things.” But I am neither a theologian nor a Catholic, so I’d better leave debates about religious dogma to those who know it better than I. What I do know something about are the problems facing Chicago neighborhoods. Crime. Unemployment. Drugs. I have been writing about those things, or more accurately their consequences, for more than three decades now. And that’s why I understand a little bit about the battles that have been fought by Michael Pfleger, the...
  • St. Sabina members feel betrayed by church authorities (FLAKY FATHER MIKE ALERT)

    05/02/2011 10:50:12 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    May 2, 2011 2:11AM | ESTHER CEPEDA eejaycee@600words.com
    A few years ago, in a fit of concern that my two sons were not being academically challenged by their neighborhood public school, my husband and I forked over the big bucks to enroll them in a Roman Catholic school much like the one I attended as a child. Talk about culture clash. My two sons came home complaining about the exact same ideologies that had vexed me so deeply during my eight years as a Catholic schoolgirl. It seemed like every dinnertime was exhausted by long explanations about the historical context of the religious beliefs they were taught and...
  • Cardinal George: Sr. Keehan chose Obama over Catholic bishops

    06/16/2010 12:58:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 205+ views
    CNA ^ | 6/16/2010
    St. Petersburg, Fla., Jun 16, 2010 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and President of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) openly acted in favor of President Obama’s health care reform and in opposition to persistent requests from the bishops, said Cardinal Francis George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), during their spring meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida.During the bishops' executive session held Tuesday morning to address the fallout of CHA’s support for the health care legislation despite the bishop's opposition, Cardinal George recounted the events that took place prior to President Obama's signing...
  • By George, I Think He's Busted: The Taking of Pfleger 1-2-3

    05/03/2010 12:08:03 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 17 replies · 928+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 5-1-10 | Tom O'Toole
    First, it was Father Jenkins openly defying the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (of which Chicago's Cardinal Francis George is president) by letting our 100% pro-abortion President of the United States, Barack Obama, give the commencement speech and being awarded an "honorary" degree from the country's "flagship Catholic university," the University of Notre Dame. Second, it was Cardinal George awarding his controversial priest, Father Michael "Flim-Flam" Pfleger, a Lifetime Achievement Award shortly after Rev. Pfleger denounced the Catholic doctrine of the priesthood during his Easter Sunday sermon. And, after these disasterous doctrinal abuses, it's time the Catholic Special Forces take...
  • Cardinal George at Pfleger Award Ceremony: 'Abortion Kills Racial Justice'

    04/10/2010 1:59:46 PM PDT · by topher · 19 replies · 676+ views
    Thursday April 8, 2010 Cardinal George at Pfleger Award Ceremony: 'Abortion Kills Racial Justice' By Kathleen GilbertCHICAGO, April 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Presiding at an archdiocesan event honoring controversial priest Fr. Michael Pfleger for his civil rights work, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago took the opportunity to criticize media scrutiny of the award, but also to highlight the fact that, far from being irrelevant to the theme of the event, "abortion kills racial and social justice."The Dr. King Prayer Service and Racial Justice Awards sparked controversy in pro-life Catholic circles after it was revealed that Fr. Pfleger, an outspoken...
  • Pflegerizing Catholicism (The Chicago Archdiocese worships left-wing politics)

    04/09/2010 9:07:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 537+ views
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2010 | Michele Malkin
    So much that you need to know about the Catholic Church’s social-policy problems can be summed up in one word: Chicago. On race, abortion, guns, immigration, and “community organizing,” Catholic Church officials in the Windy City have forged unholy alliances with radical left-wingers and enablers who undermine the faith — and the faithful. Exhibit A: the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice and one of its most notorious priests, the Rev. Michael Pfleger. This week, Chicago cardinal Francis George — who also is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — presided over a gala ceremony honoring Pfleger...
  • The Pfleger-ization of the Catholic Church

    04/09/2010 6:48:50 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 49 replies · 908+ views
    CNSNews ^ | April 9, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    So much that you need to know about the Catholic Church’s social policy problems can be summed up in one word: Chicago. On race, abortion, guns, immigration and “community organizing,” Catholic Church officials in the Windy City have forged unholy alliances with radical left-wingers and enablers who undermine the faith—and the faithful. Exhibit A: the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice and one of its most notorious priests, the Rev. Michael Pfleger. This week, Chicago Cardinal Francis George—who also happens to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—presided over a gala ceremony honoring Pfleger with a “lifetime...
  • Document drop: Cardinal George to honor race-baiting Father Michael Pfleger

    04/06/2010 6:13:51 AM PDT · by Neverforget01 · 7 replies · 421+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | April 5, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Look who is presiding over a special celebration honoring Catholic clown and race-baiting reverend Michael Pfleger (hat tip: Matt A.)Yes, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s “Office of Racial Justice” is bestowing the demagogic Pfleger of the St. Sabina parish with a “lifetime achievement award” for his “service in pursuit of dismantling racism, injustice and inequalities on behalf of African Americans and all people of color” — and the Archbishop of Chicago himself, Cardinal George, is the official “presider.”
  • (Catholic Caucus) Cardinal Francis George's personal physician is leaving

    06/12/2009 5:16:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 141+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/12/2009 | Manya A. Brachear
    Cardinal Francis George's personal physician plans to depart Chicago and leave medicine next month to take a job with his Roman Catholic religious order. Dr. Myles Sheehan, 53, a Jesuit priest who has sported a clerical collar and white lab coat for 14 years at Loyola University Health System, has been selected to be the next provincial, or leader, of the Jesuits' New England Province based in Boston. "As provincial, one of my main responsibilities will be taking care of the 300 Jesuits in New England, and I have a real peace knowing I will be able to ensure these...
  • On Life Issue, Cardinal George Says Obama on 'Wrong Side of History'

    04/26/2009 8:03:14 PM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 545+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Apr-24-2009 | Peter Finney Jr.
    KENNER, La. (CNS) -- President Barack Obama is a "very gracious and obviously a very smart man" but he is on the "wrong side of history" when it comes to his fervent support of abortion rights, Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George told the 2009 Louisiana Priests Convention April 21. Cardinal George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told 200 priests from the seven dioceses of Louisiana that, while he wants Obama to succeed in his efforts to right the economy, enhance world peace and help the poor, the president needs to understand that the Catholic Church will not...
  • Cardinal George (Chicago): Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama embarrasses Catholic church

    04/02/2009 8:27:16 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 1,019+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4-2-09 | Kara Spak
    Cardinal Francis George has weighed in on the University of Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Obama to speak at its commencement ceremony, calling it an “extreme embarrassment” to Catholics. “It is clear that Notre Dame didn’t understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation,” George said while speaking at a conference hosted by the archdiocese’s Respect Life office in Rosemont, according to the Web site lifesitenews.com. The site posted the video Wednesday, four day after George spoke. In the video, George calls Notre Dame “the flagship Catholic university” and said that it has “brought extreme...
  • Cardinal George warns Obama against moving U.S. towards despotism

    03/17/2009 1:25:58 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies · 790+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2009 | Cardinal George
    Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2009 / 02:34 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George has issued a video message asking Catholics to tell the Obama Administration to retain a conscience protection rule for pro-life health care workers. Its preservation is vital to keep the government from “moving our country from democracy to despotism,” he said. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation, implemented in the final months of the George W. Bush presidency, made explicit the existing legal protections for medical workers and institutions who object to cooperating in abortions. On Feb. 27, the White House’s Office of Management...
  • Sacrament for the sick is in demand (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2009 12:11:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 396+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | 03.16.09 | Manya A. Brachear
    Once reserved for the dying, the anointing of the sick is now offered to any Catholic who needs healing from a serious illness Mary Ellen Segraves could sense the fear in her ailing mother Ceil's eyes the day after her knee surgery. But when Rev. Yaroslav Mendyuk approached her hospital bed to offer the sacrament of the sick, Segraves saw her mother light up. Following the priest's lead, Ceil Segraves crossed herself with a frail hand taped with tubes and closed her eyes as Mendyuk anointed her forehead and hands with oil and recited the blessing from his prayer book....
  • Holy Name Cathedral on Fire (Chicago)

    02/04/2009 4:54:02 AM PST · by visualops · 52 replies · 7,151+ views
    foxnews ^ | february 4,2009 | foxnews
    the cathedral is on fire, second alarm called, flames through roof
  • Cardinal George Addresses U.S. Bishops on the True Common Good

    11/10/2008 7:30:22 PM PST · by tcg · 12 replies · 114+ views
    "We are, perhaps, at a moment when, with the grace of God, all races are safely within the American consensus," the cardinal continued. "We are not at the point, however, when Catholics, especially in public life, can be considered full partners in the American experience unless they are willing to put aside some fundamental Catholic teachings on a just moral and political order."
  • Cardinal George Corrects the Catholic Vote Debate

    09/06/2008 9:35:36 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 1 replies · 78+ views
    insidecatholic.com ^ | September 06, 2008 | Deal W. Hudson
    Cardinal George Corrects the Catholic Vote Debate Posted on September 06, 2008, 9:12 AM | Deal W. Hudson The most important statement from a Catholic bishop of the present political season was published a few days ago by Francis Cardinal George of Chicago. In essence, Cardinal George stated it was a violation of Catholic teaching to evoke the common good in politics without advocating legal protection of yet-to-be-born children. Several "Catholic" political organizations (Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United) have come into existence since 2004 using the "common good" as their guiding principle. Here is what...
  • Pelosi, By George

    09/03/2008 7:28:10 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 3 September 2008 | Rocco
    Pelosi, By George Another day, another dollar, another ecclesial ripple Nancy Pelosi hath wrought. Nine days after two leading USCCB chairmen took on the House Speaker's Meet the Press debacle in the name of the entire conference, the bench's president -- Cardinal Francis George OMI of Chicago (shown above with You Know Who) -- made his first public intervention earlier today with the following letter to his hometown church: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the midst of a lengthy political campaign, matters of public policy that are also moral issues sometimes are misrepresented or are presented in a...
  • St. Sabina protests Pfleger's fate

    06/04/2008 5:28:03 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 17 replies · 97+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | Lisa Donovan, Kara Spak, Cathleen Falsani, Shamus Toomey and Carol Marin
    Defiant St. Sabina parishioners demanded Cardinal Francis George reinstate their controversial pastor, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, just hours after he was removed Tuesday from his post against his wishes. "We respectfully request the cardinal immediately reinstate Father Pfleger as full pastor of St. Sabina," Gerald Stewart, president of the parish council, told an estimated 2,000 people packed into the South Side church Tuesday evening. The group included longtime Pfleger friend the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who has been blasted for his own controversial statements on race. Stewart said parishioners wanted an immediate meeting with the cardinal to discuss "the future of...
  • George Temporarily Removes Pfleger From St. Sabina

    06/04/2008 4:37:55 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 11 replies · 46+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 6/4/2008 | Moneyrunner
    Rather surprising. I did not expect so strong a stand from the Catholic church. CBS 2 News has learned that Francis Cardinal George is temporarily removing Father Michael Pfleger from his position as pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side. The other racists in his congregation are outraged.
  • Pastor Expiration Date? Pfleger Gets Suspended

    06/03/2008 5:33:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 145+ views
    hotair.com ^ | June 3, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Apparently the Chicago diocese has had enough of Michael Pfleger, at least for now. The cardinal has suspended the controversial priest who called America the “greatest sin against God”, and who mocked Hillary Clinton from the pulpit last week: CBS 2 News has learned that Francis Cardinal George is temporarily removing Father Michael Pfleger from his position as pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the move comes after several days of deliberation and consultation by the Cardinal, who first learned about Pfleger’s racially charged comments about Sen. Barack...
  • Father Michael Pfleger asked to Step Down by Cardinal

    06/03/2008 5:33:51 PM PDT · by tcg · 28 replies · 128+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/3/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The controversy has not subsided and Cardinal George has now expanded his pastoral oversight and care of his priest. He has asked Father Pfleger to step down from his pastorate for a two week leave. The directive, like the last one, was made public by the Cardinal’s office. The priest was not supportive of the request: “To put recent events in some perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina’s Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. Pfleger does not believe...
  • Cardinal Removes Rev. Pfleger From St. Sabina

    06/03/2008 2:14:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 145+ views
    Cardinal Removes Rev. Pfleger From St. Sabina Last Edited: Tuesday, 03 Jun 2008, 3:48 PM CDT Created: Tuesday, 03 Jun 2008, 3:39 PM CDT The firebrand pastor of St. Sabina parish was effectively removed from his duties there Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Chicago. In the statement, Cardinal Francis George says he asked the Rev. Michael Pfleger, 59, to “take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties.” The statement said Pfleger “does not believe this to be the right step at this time.” “While respecting his disagreement, I have nevertheless asked him...
  • Pfleger suspended from his church by diocese

    06/03/2008 3:02:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 205+ views
    Redstate ^ | Jun. 3, 2008 5:48pm on | Soren Dayton
    Cardinal George gets what Barack Obama only understood under pressure: The firebrand pastor of St. Sabina parish was removed from his duties there Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Chicago.In the statement, Cardinal Francis George says he asked the Rev. Michael Pfleger, 59, to "take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties." The statement said Pfleger "does not believe this to be the right step at this time." "While respecting his disagreement, I have nevertheless asked him to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in the light of...
  • (Cardinal) George Temporarily Removes Pfleger From St. Sabina

    06/03/2008 1:44:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 182 replies · 488+ views
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | 6/3/2008 | n/a
    CBS 2 News has learned that Francis Cardinal George is temporarily removing Father Michael Pfleger from his position as pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the move comes after several days of deliberation and consultation by the Cardinal, who first learned about Pfleger's racially charged comments about Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity Unity Church of Christ last Thursday night. The Cardinal immediately contacted Pfleger who agreed not to refer to the presidential candidates by name, but as CBS 2 reported at the...
  • 'This is a dangerous time in America . . . you have to whisper your thoughts' (FLAKY PFLEGER WHINES)

    06/03/2008 4:10:31 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 37 replies · 56+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 3, 2008 | CATHLEEN FALSANI Religion Columnist
    EXCLUSIVE | Contrite Father Mike regrets Hillary 'dramatization,' pain he's inflicted on his church On Sunday morning, I was enjoying a brisk walk along the Hudson River in lower Manhattan and some quiet contemplation when my cell phone rang. It was my editor. "Mike just called, and he wants to talk, but he'll only talk to you," he said. Mike, as in the Rev. Michael Pfleger, the perpetually embattled pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church in Chicago, who most recently has been under siege from comments he made about Hillary Clinton a week ago from the pulpit of Trinity...
  • Who's to judge Holy Name protesters?

    03/28/2008 10:56:39 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 266+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 28, 2008
    Cardinal Francis George has long opposed politics at the communion rail. But Sunday's anti-war protest at the start of his Easter homily spotlighted a frustrated faction in the Roman Catholic Church who believe committed Catholics must do more than preach and pray for peace. Chicago police charged six protesters Sunday with felony criminal defacement of property and two counts of simple battery for spattering parishioners' clothes with stage blood. Five of the protesters are being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. The sixth, who served time in prison for illegally entering a U.S. military installation, received $35,000 bail. Gerard Powers...
  • War protesters disrupt Easter mass at Chicago cathedral

    03/23/2008 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 92 replies · 1,337+ views
    As they listened to the gospel during mass Sunday, few parishioners at Holy Name parish could have imagined the bloodshed about to taint both the holiday service and their Easter finery. Six protesters disrupted the beginning of Cardinal Francis George's homily to shout their opposition to the Iraq war. The demonstrators, who call themselves "Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War" despite their male and female membership, squirted fake blood on themselves and nearby worshipers as security guards tried to usher them from the parish's auditorium, where mass is being said during repairs of the cathedral in downtown Chicago. The syrupy red...
  • To Christ be Glory in the Church

    05/13/2007 2:29:14 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 6 replies · 298+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | April 29th | Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
    When I was ordained a bishop on the feast of St. Matthew, September 21, 1990, I chose as my motto: To Christ be Glory in the Church. It appears in Latin on my coat of arms. Episcopal mottoes are phrases that indicate a bishop's mind and heart, that give an indication of his pastoral priorities. My motto says that I believe the Church exists, first of all and above all, to glorify Christ, to make his grace visible to the world in the Church's ministries and mission. If people look at the Church and see Jesus Christ, then everything else...
  • Schools of Spirituality

    01/24/2007 5:23:53 PM PST · by Frank Sheed · 31 replies · 426+ views
    Catholic New World, Chicago ^ | January 21, 2007 | Francis Cardinal George
    Jan. 21, 2007 Last year, the mostly lay Archdiocesan Pastoral Council asked the Presbyteral Council to consider how the homily at Mass might be used to deepen lay people’s understanding of some contested mysteries of faith. The request arose during a discussion on what it means to be Catholic. Many of the more external signs of Catholicism, the practices people associated with life in the Church, were abandoned thirty or more years ago. The disappearance of external protections left the internal life of faith exposed to error and confusion. The priests took the time to clarify with representatives of the...
  • A candid cardinal says: 'World distrusts us' (BARF ALERT)

    10/31/2006 7:17:47 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 51 replies · 1,197+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 31, 2006 | CATHLEEN FALSANI Religion Reporter
    Cardinal Francis George believes he knows why much of the world distrusts Americans. It's not because of our freedom or wealth, Chicago's Roman Catholic archbishop says. It's because often we neither comprehend nor wish to comprehend the perspectives and plights of others. In his homily Sunday during a service at Catholic Theological Union, a graduate school of theology in Hyde Park, George, 69, recalled his experiences visiting some of the poorest corners of the globe when he was the vicar general of his religious order, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. "I found as I went around that no matter...
  • Cardinal (George) tells of (surprise) meeting with pope

    10/23/2006 6:12:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 23, 2006 | Josh Noel
    Looking rested after a week in Rome, Cardinal Francis George said Sunday that he had a surprise meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and that he prayed for an ex-pastor who was accused of stealing nearly $200,000 while the cardinal was away. On his second day in Rome, as planned, George attended the canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin of Indiana, the first U.S. saint in six years. What wasn't planned, he said, was an invitation that day to concelebrate mass with the pope. In a concelebration, several priests say mass together. "I hadn't expected that, and I was very pleased to...
  • Second Surgery for Cardinal George

    07/28/2006 8:53:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 238+ views
    WITL ^ | July 28, 2006
    The following statement was released this morning by the archdiocese of Chicago: Cardinal Francis George returned to the operating room just before midnight last night for an exploratory surgery. The Cardinal had exhibited an unstable blood pressure and a drop in blood count despite having received blood transfusions. These conditions were discussed with the Cardinal and a decision was made to return to the operating room. In a two-hour procedure, Dr. Robert Flanigan, assisted by Dr. Fred Luchette, Chief of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Loyola, found a small blood vessel in the pelvis that was bleeding. The...
  • Pope on divine love vs. erotic love

    01/04/2006 7:31:11 AM PST · by klossg · 66 replies · 1,369+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 01/04/2006 | CATHLEEN FALSANI
    Pope Benedict XVI may try to "save eros," in the first encyclical of his papacy, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George told the Chicago Sun-Times. George expects the new pope will try to explain that erotic love, eros, and unconditional love, agape, are both inherently good in God's eyes in his encyclical titled "Deus, Caritas Est," Latin for "God is Love." An encyclical is a pope's most authoritative document, a pastoral letter circulated to the universal church. Letter talks about Christ The cardinal has not yet seen Benedict XVI's encyclical, which is expected to be released by the Vatican within days, but...
  • Gay priest ruling adds fuel to fire (Cardinal George Reaction)

    11/30/2005 6:27:01 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 8 replies · 425+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 NOV 2005 | Margaret Ramirez and Manya A. Brachear
    Gay priest ruling adds fuel to fire Vatican document stands out more as pope's first than for whom it bans By Margaret Ramirez and Manya A. Brachear, Tribune staff reporters. Tribune news services contributed to this report Published November 30, 2005 The Vatican issued a long-awaited document Tuesday on the explosive issue of homosexuality in the priesthood, but the document banning men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" added more heat than light to the controversy. In fact, several scholars said that the text of the document--which largely restates long-standing Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality--matters less than its timing and prominence. It...
  • Supporting the Priesthood, God’s Gift to His Eucharistic Community - Presidential Address - USCCB

    11/14/2005 8:09:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies · 467+ views
    Supporting the Priesthood, God’s Gift to His Eucharistic Community United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Presidential Address - Bishop William S. Skylstad, Bishop of SpokaneWashington D.C. – November 14, 2005 My Dear Brother Bishops, Once again, we in solidarity and fraternity gather in plenary session to carry on the work and mission of the Church.  I begin with a word of heartfelt thanks to you for the opportunity you gave me last November to serve as your president of our episcopal conference.  Though the responsibilities of the president are indeed daunting, especially when they are added to the ministry of...
  • Three Questions for Thomas Klocek, the former DePaul University professor

    05/25/2005 6:46:09 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 30 replies · 1,461+ views
    Crux Magazine ^ | May 25, 2005 | Bobby Maddex
    So what happened? On September 15, 2004, I attended a student activities fair at the Loop Campus of DePaul University. I noticed a group there called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and I saw they had some literature. On the front of one of the brochures was a picture of Rachel Corey, the American who had been accidentally killed by an Israeli bulldozer. The literature, however, had her murdered by the Israelis; it also included many other incendiary and anti-Israeli remarks. As I was reading the pamphlet, I asked the students, “Did you know that in addition to the...
  • High-level Vatican vacancies provide fuel for rumor mill

    04/22/2005 6:25:01 AM PDT · by murphE · 7 replies · 484+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/22/05 | Manya A. Brachear and Steve Kloehn
    By naming Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano as his secretary of state, the pope filled an urgent need with a known commodity. At age 77, Sodano--considered a papal candidate by some--is not likely to hold the job much longer, or institute major changes in the diplomatic stance of the church. While the pope stayed mostly behind closed doors, emerging only briefly to visit his old apartment and greet crowds that happened upon him, attention focused on the one post he must find somebody new to fill--the powerful role as chief guardian of the church's teachings. Speculation has centered on several cardinals...
  • Cardinal George: Undocumented Aliens Similiar To Christ's Family (Chicago)

    12/25/2004 3:14:58 PM PST · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 62 replies · 1,105+ views
    WBBM ^ | 12/25/2004
    CHICAGO - The biblical story of Mary and Joseph being turned away at the Inn was given a modern-day twist during the Midnight Mass sermon at Holy Name Cathedral.More than 12-hundred people filled Holy Name Cathedral, and hundreds of thousands more watched on television, as Francis Cardinal George celebrated Midnight Mass.While Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Lyne offered a prayer for the safety of "our armed forces who are so far away from home this Christmas night," Cardinal George focused on the plight of undocumented immigrants.In his sermon, Cardinal George said hundreds of undocumented aliens were among the immigrants who filled the...
  • Cardinal Francis George of Chicago - The Pope’ s Retreat Master.

    12/09/2004 8:17:57 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 8 replies · 521+ views
    Roman Catholic Faithful | Fall/Winter 2003
    Cardinal Francis George of Chicago - The Pope’ s Retreat Master. "While Bishop of Yakima, Archbishop George joined Seattle Archbishop Thomas Murphy and Spokane Bishop William Skylstad in opposing an anti-gay rights initiative that they felt was punitive [to sodomite couples]." May 2, 1997 Chicago Archdiocesan newspaper. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago who heads one of the largest archdioceses in the United States, responsible for providing a large portion of funds needed to run the Vatican, was found to be sharing his residence with a priest who, before becoming a priest, abused a boy. According to a February 28, 2003...
  • The Doors, The Doors!

    10/29/2004 8:42:44 AM PDT · by skellmeyer · 15 replies · 886+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    In the Catholic Byzantine rite, immediately before the priest consecrates the offering, the deacon proclaims, "The doors, the doors! Let us attend in wisdom!" With those words, the doors of the iconostasis are shut. The closing of the doors not only transforms the altar area into an image of Mary’s virginal womb, so that the presence of Jesus might enter into the Bride of the Christ as He did two millenia ago, it also serves a rather practical purpose. It keeps the riff-raff out.
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will speak at the 10 AM Mass

    06/22/2004 9:34:10 AM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 25 replies · 571+ views
    We are happy to announce that the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., will speak at the 10am mass this Sunday, June 20th. Rev. Jesse Jackson will speak at the 10am mass this Sunday (June 20th) at St. Gertrude. He will reflect on the day's lessons for about 1/2 hour after communion, around 10:45am. Since the 10am mass will run a little longer than usual, we hope this reminder will help ease the flow between the end of the one mass and beginning of the other. Mark Loveless, who participates at the gym mass and also at Operation Push, has been negotiating...