By Deacon Keith Fournier
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
When the ways of nature and nature's God conflict with civil law, society is in danger. It is to that danger that we direct your attention
The Illinois General Assembly is being asked to consider a bill called "The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act." This is a deceptive title that ignores basic truths.The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible. Neither did the Church create marriage.
From your point of view, is this ultimately an ecclesiological question - who speaks for the Church?
Several bishops who wished to remain anonymous told CNA that Cardinal George charged CHA and other Catholic groups with providing "cover" for undecided legislators to support President Obama's legislation. He said these groups' actions also weakened the moral voice of the bishops in the U.S., caused confusion and wounded Catholic unity.
Nov 20, 2009 Cardinal George and the politics of liturgy
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has several times recently addressed the relationship between bishops and ordinary Catholics and how that relationship affects the manner in which we all live out a life of faith.
Nov 20, 2009 Cardinal George questions role of independent Catholic media
Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Nov. 16 that Catholic publications, universities or other organizations that insist on complete independence from their bishops are “sectarian, less than fully Catholic.”
Aug 14, 2009 Kudos to Cardinal George
Cardinal Francis George hit the nail on the head in his speech to the Knights of Columbus convention yesterday, calling for renewed efforts at binding up the unity of the faithful.
Mar 25, 2009 The Church in Public Life
The state, unless it is despotic, should not force a citizen to do something that violates that person’s conscience. The state cannot place itself between an individual and God.
Mar 19, 2009 Summit of the Chiefs
Earlier this afternoon -- a day after the latter publicly lobbied against the rollback of the Bush administration's last-minute "conscience rights" protections for health-care providers -- President Obama met in the Oval Office with the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis George OMI of Chicago.
Nov 11, 2008 USCCB: George issues blunt challenge to Obama on abortion
Cardinal Francis George, speaking this morning as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, said all Americans should “rejoice” that a country which once tolerated slavery has elected an African-American as president – and, in the same breath, he issued a blunt challenge to the new administration on abortion.
Oct 17, 2008 Interview with Cardinal Francis George
If the typical American bishop once upon a time was a “bricks and mortar” man, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is anything but typical.
Apr 15, 2008 Cardinal George: Pope will find a 'chastened' Church ready to listen
As president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago will be a key point of reference throughout Pope Benedict XVI’s April 15-20 visit to the United States. George will also be the figure who leads the American bishops in after-the-fact reflection on what the trip meant, and how it ought to shape their future agenda.
Nov 13, 2007 Chicago on Top
Cardinal Francis George OMI of Chicago has won the presidency of the US bishops with 188 votes, 85% of the total body.
Nov 11, 2007 George may lead bishops
Chicago cardinal likely to be chosen as voice of American prelates at trying time for church.
Nov 11, 2007 George may lead bishops
Chicago cardinal likely to be chosen as voice of American prelates at trying time for church.
Apr 10, 2007 1st report scared cardinal
Cardinal Francis George said Monday he was scared when doctors told him he fractured his hip after he slipped on holy water and fell Saturday in a Northwest Side church but was relieved to be told later it was just a crack.
Apr 08, 2007 Cardinal George released from hospital after fracturing hip
Crowds lined the pews and aisles, the incense and choir voices filled the air, but a distinct voice was missing on Easter Sunday in Chicago's Holy Name Catholic Cathedral. Cardinal Francis George, who has presided over the holiday masses each year since 1997, was home nursing an injury suffered in a fall Saturday.
Apr 07, 2007 Cardinal George hospitalized after fall
Cardinal Francis George was hospitalized with a slight hip fracture Saturday after he apparently slipped and fell inside a Chicago church while blessing Easter baskets, archdiocese officials said.
Oct 31, 2006 Transcript of cardinal's homily
The following is a transcription of the homily Cardinal Francis George gave during the 10:30 a.m. mass Sunday at Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park, on the occasion of the dedication of a new building at the school (October 31, 2006).
Oct 30, 2006 What makes a saint?
As we approach the Feast of All Saints on Nov. 1, we recall that what makes a saint is God’s grace. But, on Oct. 15, I was in St. Peter’s Square in Rome when Pope Benedict XVI “made” four holy men and women saints in the calendar of the Church. By Cardinal Francis George.
Oct 18, 2006 Religion, reason, voting
I wrote the last column to explain what I understood Pope Benedict to have said during his visit to Germany last month: that the path to genuine peace is marked by dialogue between faith and reason in every religion and in every culture on the planet.
Oct 06, 2006 Religion, reason, violence
Last September 12, Pope Benedict XVI lectured at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria on the relation between faith and reason. His argument was straightforward: faith without reason will often lead to violence; and contrariwise, reason without faith will often lead to violence. Therefore, if we want to live in a peaceful world, faith and reason must be in dialogue not only in particular cultures but globally.
Oct 05, 2006 Cardinal George talks about his recovery from cancer surgery
Cardinal Francis George talks about his recovery from bladder cancer surgery during his first interview since he was released from the hospital last month. The Cardinal spoke to ABC7's Alan Krashesky Monday afternoon at his residence on the city's near North Side.
Oct 05, 2006 'I've lost 20 pounds,' but I'm fine
Almost two months to the day after he underwent radical surgery for bladder and ureter cancer, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George sat down with the Sun-Times in the parlor of his Gold Coast home to talk about his road to recovery and how his battle with cancer has affected his faith.
Oct 03, 2006 Cardinal George reflects on health, life and eternity
Nearly two months after having his cancerous bladder removed, Cardinal George spent several hours Sept. 25 and 26 meeting with members of the media in advance of resuming his public schedule Oct. 1.
Sept 11, 2006 'Grateful' Cardinal George walks out of hospital
Cardinal Francis George walked out of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood on Tuesday a little thinner, a little weaker, but in much the same way he walked in nearly three weeks ago -- laughing.
Aug 09, 2006 Cardinal feeling well, able to walk
For the first time in several days, Cardinal Francis George told his doctors Tuesday that he feels well, according to a release from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Aug 07, 2006 Cardinal orders up PB&J, hot chocolate
After getting the green light to eat his favorite foods, including chocolate, peanut butter, pasta and ice cream, Cardinal Francis George resumed a regular diet Thursday after surgery affecting his digestive system.
Aug 05, 2006 Cardinal George in good spirits
Cardinal Francis George was said to be in good spirits Tuesday as he recuperated from recent cancer surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Archdiocese officials said the cardinal slept well during his first post-surgery night out of intensive care.
Aug 05, 2006 Improving Cardinal awaits PBJ sandwich
Cardinal George, continuing his recuperation from emergency surgery for bladder cancer last week, has been up, out of his bed regularly throughout the day, and is accompanied by his physical therapist while walking in the halls at the Loyola University Medical Center, the Archdiocese of Chicago reports.
Jul 28, 2006 Surgery will alter George's lifestyle
Experts say the medical outlook for Cardinal Francis George following surgery for bladder cancer hinges on whether doctors can remove all of his cancerous tissue, but regardless of the prognosis, the removal of his bladder will have a lasting effect on his life.
Jul 28, 2006 Cardinal out of surgery
Cardinal Francis George is awake and speaking after surgery this morning, according to Rev. John Canary, vicar general for the Chicago Archdiocese.
Jul 28, 2006 Update on Cardinal George
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.
Jul 24, 2006 Chicago Cardinal Says Archdiocese in No Way Supports Gay Games
In a clarification to LifeSiteNews.com Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has denied allegations by the gay-activist Rainbow Sash Movement that the Cardinal himself and the archdiocese of Chicago are in any way supporting the 2006 Gay Games.
Jul 03, 2006 L.A. in L.A.: Liturgiam Authenticam in Los Angeles
The spring meeting of the United States Bishops’ Conference took place last week in Los Angeles. As is the case with most meetings, the bishops spent most of their time in a hotel, but we went one evening to celebrate Mass in the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a unique ensemble of buildings designed to place the Church and her ministry squarely at the center of Los Angeles’ life. By Francis Cardinal George.
Jun 15, 2006 Will the real Vatican II please stand up?
In the time after Pentecost, the Church considers the impact of the Holy Spirit in her life. Individuals often speak of an inspiration, of feeling led by the Spirit.
Jun 14, 2006 Pentecost: the Spirit is sent; the Spirit sends
Pentecost, 50 days after Passover, is celebrated by the Jewish people as the feast that commemorates the giving of the Law, the great link between God and his chosen people. By Francis Cardinal George.
May 29, 2006 Biblical writings to be read in full, in faith
Biblical writings are meant to be read in full and in faith, Catholic Cardinal Francis George told clergy and laity at the "Preaching, Teaching & Living the Bible" conference at Duke University that began Saturday and concludes today.
Apr 27, 2006 Scandal a 'moral crisis'
Cardinal Francis George, the head of the nation's third-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, said Thursday that sexual abuse of children by priests is a "moral crisis" that threatens to stain the church's progress over the past 50 years.
Feb 22, 2006 Seminary boss to be cardinal's top aide
Rev. John Canary, rector of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, has been named vicar general of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George announced Friday.
Feb 10, 2006 Cardinal discusses Vatican
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George provided an inside perspective on the funeral of Pope John Paul II and subsequent election of Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday night, as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee kicked off its fourth annual Pallium Lecture Series.
Feb 08, 2006 I should've done more
Cardinal Francis George was peppered with the same question again and again Monday night: Why would a priest interrogated by police about allegations of child molestation be allowed to continue teaching and ministering at a Roman Catholic church and school?
Feb 01, 2006 Cardinal released from hospital
Looking pale and moving a little slower than usual, Cardinal Francis George returned to his Gold Coast home Friday after being discharged from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he had spent more than 24 hours undergoing tests after complaining of dizziness.
Feb 01, 2006 Cardinal George Leaves Hospital
Chicago Cardinal Francis George left Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood on Friday afternoon after doctors ruled on a stroke as the cause of dizziness that brought him to the hospital.
Jan 30, 2006 'That month in Rome' not soon forgotten
About once a year for the last six years, Cardinal Francis George, shepherd to 2.4 million Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and I sit down for a kind of spiritual-state-of-the-union chat.
Jan 27, 2006 Hauptsache, die Fassade stimmt
Die US-Bischöfe baten den Papst im vergangenen Herbst, die Veröffentlichung des Dokumentes über Homosexualität in Priesterseminaren zu verzögern.
Jan 27, 2006 Pope on divine love vs. erotic love
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.
Dec 26, 2005 Cardinal George Says It's Time To Celebrate A Miracle
In a year in which pundits have gone back and forth over whether there's a need to focus on Christmas instead of a "holiday season," Francis Cardinal George told the congregation at Holy Name Cathedral's Christmas Midnight Mass that perhaps Christ is becoming a bit too familiar.
Dec 04, 2005 Gays shouldn't be priests
If a man's primary self-identity is as a homosexual, he has no business being ordained a Roman Catholic priest, Cardinal Francis George said Tuesday -- the day a long-awaited Vatican document about gays in the priesthood was officially released after being widely leaked last week.
Oct 15, 2005 Cardinal George reflects on Eucharist
Faithful of the Joliet Diocese welcome Cardinal Francis E. George for a special talk on the Eucharist Sept. 28 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet.
Oct 11, 2005 Cardinal bans mission
When Bishop Thomas Paprocki was pastor of St. Constance Parish on the Northwest Side, the Love Holy Trinity Blessed Mission was using parish facilities for prayer meetings and other events.
Oct 03, 2005 Cardinal addresses LU students
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, was on campus last Thursday, Sept. 8, to speak on the "Meaning of Discipleship for Young Adults."
Sept 25, 2005 Cardinal joins in Criticism of Movement
Cardinal Francis George is joining other Roman Catholic leaders in criticizing a secretive religious movement, banning the group from meeting in churches or other archdiocesan facilities.
Aug 06, 2005 Media sometimes frustrate religious people
The media's constant penchant to look for conflict in stories sometimes drives religious people to be frustrated with the media and feel that journalists aren't covering the most important issues, Cardinal Francis George and other religious leaders said Monday during a symposium in Evanston.
Jul 15, 2005 A Man of Catholic Faith
Pope Benedict XVI is a man of faith, of Catholic faith, and he is also a man of prayer, who will have among his principal tasks that of confronting a process of aggressive secularization, particularly in the West. By Cardinal Francis Eugene George, Archbishop of Chicago.
Jun 25, 2005 No Homosexuals Allowed in Priesthood
The American Conference of Catholic Bishops is being accused of ‘side-stepping’ the issue of whether or not homosexuals ought to be permitted to be ordained. At a recent meeting of the conference, the bishops voted by a wide majority to extend for another five years a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for admitting sexual abusers into the seminary, or allowing them to continue serving in the priesthood. This policy has been in place since 2002.
May 08, 2005 Illinois Gov: Rescind Pharmacist-Abortion Order
A leading Catholic says Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich should rescind his order requiring state pharmacists to fill all prescriptions. The order has been criticized because it would make pharmacists dispense drugs that can cause abortions and violate their moral and religious views.
May 08, 2005 Reject stem-cell proposal
Urging them to embrace the "moral" choice, Cardinal Francis George, the Catholic archbishop of Chicago, Wednesday lobbied Gov. Rod Blagojevich and lawmakers to reject a pending proposal that would encourage embryonic stem-cell research in Illinois and provide money for some projects.
Apr 26, 2005 The choice was `clear'
Once the doors of the Sistine Chapel shut Monday, it didn't take long for Roman Catholic cardinals to decide that their dean, Joseph Ratzinger, would provide the most logical sequel to John Paul II's pontificate and emerge as the 264th successor to St. Peter, Cardinal Francis George said Wednesday.
Mar 21, 2005 Interview with Cardinal Francis George on Liturgical Translations
I sat down March 10 with Cardinal Francis George of Chicago at the North American College. George was in Rome for a meeting of the Vox Clara Commission, which advises the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on liturgical translation.
Oct 04, 2004 Perte de l’autorité morale de l’Eglise
Pour le cardinal Francis E. George, archevêque de Chicago, la voix morale de l’Eglise qui s’est toujours exprimée dans la société moderne sur des thèmes comme l’avortement ou la guerre, a perdu beaucoup de sa force.
Sept 18, 2004 Blessing a New Porsche Showroom
At least it was Tuesday morning when Cardinal Francis George blessed the new Lynch Porsche showroom at Irving Park and Laramie.
Sept 18, 2004 More Discussion on General Absolution
A long festering controversy over the practice of general absolution in Chicago-area parishes may be moving toward a resolution. During a two-hour meeting in mid-June between Cardinal Francis George and some 100 pastors, tentative steps were taken toward rapprochement, though the two sides are still far apart.
Sept 11, 2004 Statement Re: Protests of those Supporting Gay Marriage
Today’s demonstration attempts to take the Catholic Church’s support for marriage as a lifelong union between a man and woman for the sake of family and falsely characterize it as an attack on gay people. That is inflammatory and untrue.
Sept 11, 2004 The Archdiocese of Chicago's Ministry to Homosexual Catholics is Expanding
The Archdiocese of Chicago's ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics is expanding to the suburbs. Cardinal Francis George has given the go-ahead for the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach program -- known as AGLO -- to set up its first suburban outpost at St. Emeric's Church in Country Club Hills.