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Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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Cardinal George is Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago and is a native Chicagoan.

Blog posts by Francis Cardinal George, OMI

  • Monday, August 06, 2012

    Chicago Values, Revisited: it’s not about chicken!

    Responses to my reflections last week on “Chicago values” fell into two camps.  There were almost universal plaudits for recognizing that the government should be concerned about actions and not about thoughts and values.  The media, of course, are in this camp, because they are concerned about the free speech that is at the heart of their profession.


  • Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Reflections on “Chicago values”

    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. I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval. Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city? Is the City Council going to set up a “Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities” and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it? I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, “un-Chicagoan.”


  • Sunday, December 25, 2011

    Cardinal George's Christmas Letter

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


  • Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    Cardinal's Christmas Letter

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


  • Monday, March 29, 2010

    Reflections on Holy Week

    Wednesday of Holy Week brings us face to face with Judas Iscariot, who engineered Jesus' death by betraying him to his enemies.  In recent years, there have been a few attempts to "rehabilitate" Judas, to explain away his apparently evil intentions and paint him as someone who really only wanted to force Jesus to show his power in extreme danger. 


  • Monday, December 21, 2009

    When God Speaks, What Comes to Be?

    Today we take it for granted that words should be produced and reproduced electronically, as in this blog.  Young people, I’m told, go to electronic sources for news, for research, for conversation.  For four hundred years, words were mostly reproduced mechanically, by printing press.  Before that, for many centuries, they were reproduced manually.  Before that, they had to be repeated only orally, from one storyteller to another.


  • Monday, October 19, 2009

    The Difference God Makes

    The recent publication of my book of essays, The Difference God Makes, has made a difference in my life.  People seem interested in what I think, and that is very satisfying if somewhat surprising.  I’ve participated in explanations of the book to the media and to others in Chicago, and it has been presented at the Lateran University in Rome and at an event organized by The Crossroads Cultural Center in New York.


  • Monday, June 08, 2009

    "Witness to the World"

    St. Paul preached the Gospel where people gathered.  As he went from city to city around the Mediterranean Sea, he began speaking in the town squares for the whole society to hear, even as he continued to speak in the synagogues for his own community to hear.