Francis George

Catholic cardinal Francis George

Francis Eugene George, OMI is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the eighth and current Archbishop of Chicago, previously serving as Bishop of Yakima (1990–1996) and Archbishop of Portland (1996–1997). A member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, George was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1998. He served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010.
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10 Things You May Not Have Known About Frederick Douglass
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Frederick Douglass is one of the most important figures in American history, but many know little about the legendary abolitionist. Long before the Civil Rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Douglass stood firmly in opposition to slavery and women's suffrage of the Civil War era. The social reformer's life embodies the American dream and more importantly, the power of literacy and tenacity. His passion to read elevated Douglass from enslavement to the White House. In honor of Black History Month let's remember or newly discover the incredible life and achievements of Frederick Douglass. 1. He was a self-liberated slave. Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, Frederick was born a slave around February 14, 1919 (a chosen date, the exact birthdate is unknown) in Talbot County, Maryland. At the age of 12, Douglass insisted to learn how to read, as his mother Harriet Bailey was the only woman of color in Tuckahoe who could read. After his mother died suddenly, the sla...
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Did Women Just Get One Step Closer To Priesthood In The Catholic Church?
Huffington Post - over 2 years
(RNS) The most controversial proposal floated so far at the high-level, high-stakes Vatican summit on church teachings on the family had nothing to do with gays or divorce, but instead ordaining women — not as priests, but as deacons. Still, even that suggestion — made by a Canadian archbishop on Tuesday (Oct. 6), near the start of the closely watched, three-week synod called by Pope Francis — was considered eye-popping.  That’s because if the trial balloon floated by Quebec Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher flies, it would represent a historic breakthrough for the Catholic Church, and Catholic women, by giving them access to the kinds of offices that only priests and bishops can hold. “The only way a woman can fully ‘obtain’ many church offices is by ordination — by becoming a cleric — and the ordinary way to enter the clerical state is by ordination to the diaconate,” said Phyllis Zagano, a leading expert on women deacons and a researcher at Hofstra University in New York. ...
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Did Women Just Get One Step Closer To Priesthood In The Catholic Church?
Huffington Post - over 2 years
(RNS) The most controversial proposal floated so far at the high-level, high-stakes Vatican summit on church teachings on the family had nothing to do with gays or divorce, but instead ordaining women — not as priests, but as deacons. Still, even that suggestion — made by a Canadian archbishop on Tuesday (Oct. 6), near the start of the closely watched, three-week synod called by Pope Francis — was considered eye-popping.  That’s because if the trial balloon floated by Quebec Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher flies, it would represent a historic breakthrough for the Catholic Church, and Catholic women, by giving them access to the kinds of offices that only priests and bishops can hold. “The only way a woman can fully ‘obtain’ many church offices is by ordination — by becoming a cleric — and the ordinary way to enter the clerical state is by ordination to the diaconate,” said Phyllis Zagano, a leading expert on women deacons and a researcher at Hofstra University in New York. ...
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Understated funeral reflects nature of Cardinal Francis George
Chicago Times - almost 3 years
It was a traditional Roman Catholic funeral Mass, plain and simple, just like the man so many came to mourn.
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5 Lessons From The Resignation Of Bishop Robert Finn
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
(RNS) When Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Missouri Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted three years ago for failing to report a priest suspected of child abuse, the pontiff sent a powerful message to the Catholic Church. Here are five takeaways from the news, which the Vatican announced on Tuesday (April 21). 1. This is a big deal During the past decade, the most intense years of the Catholic Church’s long-running clergy sex abuse scandal, thousands of priests have been punished or defrocked for abusing children, and a few bishops found guilty of molestation have also quit. But until Finn, no American bishop had ever been forced from office (despite the terse Vatican announcement that he “resigned”) for covering up for a predator priest. That sets a precedent in an institution where many have regarded the hierarchy as a privileged caste that should not be held to the same standards as others in the church. Some feared that if a bishop were pushed out for faili...
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At Cardinal Francis George visitation, hundreds honor 'local boy done good'
Chicago Times - almost 3 years
Mourners filled the center aisle of Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday, seeking one final moment with Cardinal Francis George. Some clasped their hands in prayer. Others bowed their heads and made the sign of the cross. One woman kissed the cardinal's cheek.
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Public begins three days of visitation at Holy Name for Chicago's Cardinal George
Fox News - almost 3 years
Mourners gathered at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday for the first of three days of visitation for the late Cardinal Francis George.
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Funeral rites for Cardinal George begin today with public visitation
Chicago Times - almost 3 years
This week's funeral rites for Cardinal Francis George get underway Tuesday in Holy Name Cathedral with rituals both common for Roman Catholics and particular to George, including a request that priests he recently ordained carry his casket into the cathedral this afternoon.
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Retired bishop recounts Cardinal George's final moments
Chicago Times - almost 3 years
On the morning he died, Cardinal Francis George watched with eyes wide open as retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert anointed him with oil and bestowed the sacrament of the sick, commonly called last rites. Both men knew the cardinal was preparing to die.
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 78
    Cardinal George's third and final book, A Godly Humanism a collection of personal reflections on the faith and spirituality, which he worked on until about a week before his death (he talked about it the night before he died), was released by the Catholic University of America Press in June 2015.
    A "Month's Mind Mass" celebrating the one-month anniversary of his death was celebrated on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 5:15 PM, with Holy Name Cathedral's Rector, Reverend Monsignor Dan Mayall, as principal celebrant and homilist.
    On April 25, 2015, a Memorial Mass at his titular church, San Bartolomeo all'Isola, in Rome, was held, with Fr.
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    George died of cancer on the morning of Friday, April 17, 2015 in the archdiocesan residence in Chicago at the age of 78.
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    On March 3, 2015, Cardinal George was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center for tests.
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    He left the study by the end of the year after the drug was shown to be not effective in his case. On Friday, January 30, 2015, according to an Associated Press (AP) news story article in the online edition of the Chicago Tribune, Cardinal George, speaking to reporters at Chicago's Four Seasons Hotel after receiving the highest honor of the Knights of Columbus, the Gaudium et Spes Award, named after the Second Vatican Council's Gaudium et spes document, stated that since leaving the drug trial, his doctors at Loyola had "run out of tricks in the bag" in hopes of curing the cancer, and that treatment would likely now have to switch to options that emphasize quality of life, such as palliative care, rather than extending it.
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  • 2014
    Age 77
    On September 20, 2014, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had accepted Cardinal George's resignation and named Bishop Blase J. Cupich as his successor.
    Later in September 2014, George met with a gay music director of a Catholic parish who had been fired after announcing his intention to marry his partner.
    In September 2014, in his column in the archdiocesan newspaper, he wrote that American government and society were now approving sexual relationships so at odds with Roman Catholic belief that "the church's teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even imposes" and that "those who do not conform to the official religion, we are warned, place their citizenship in danger."
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    On September 20, 2014, Pope Francis accepted George's resignation and appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, to succeed him as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
    In August 2014, Cardinal George agreed to participate in a research clinical trial of a new drug at the University of Chicago.
    In April 2014, on medical advice, he canceled a trip to the Vatican.
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    He was hospitalized for a few days at Loyola University Medical Center in March 2014 after showing flu-like symptoms and signs of dehydration.
    The cancer returned in March 2014, and plans for aggressive chemotherapy treatments renewed speculation about his retirement.
    On December 10, 2014, George was given the rarely-awarded Medal of Merit, the highest honor of the City of Chicago.
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    He received an honorary doctorate from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois on May 18, 2014, and performed the annual diaconal and presbyteral ordinations that same month.
    In a 2014 interview on his retirement, Cardinal George said:
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  • 2013
    Age 76
    On January 1, 2013, in a pastoral letter to the Archdiocese, George stated that the passage of a same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois, which appeared imminent, would be "acting against the common good of society.
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  • 2012
    Age 75
    In 2012, he became President and Rector of the University and Seminary.
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    On January 16, 2012, George turned 75 and formally submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI.
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    When a new route was proposed for the 2012 annual Chicago Pride Parade that would take it past a Catholic church, George told an interviewer: "you don't want the Gay Liberation Movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism."
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  • 2010
    Age 73
    Later in 2010, he further outlined the degree to which he believed religious freedoms in the United States and other Western societies were endangered.
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    In 2010, he spoke at Brigham Young University about the continued need for Catholics and Mormons to stand together to protect religious freedom. "In recent years, Catholics and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have stood more frequently side by side in the public square to defend human life and dignity," George said.
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    In the fall of 2010, he finished his three-year presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • 2009
    Age 72
    In 2009, he condemned negationist declarations made by bishop Richard Williamson, a member of the Society of Saint Pius X.
    In March 2009, George met with newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • 2007
    Age 70
    In 2007, he asked Jews to reconsider descriptions of Jesus in the Talmud as a "bastard" in exchange for a softening of traditional Catholic prayers calling for Jews to be converted to Christianity.
    He served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010.
  • 2006
    Age 69
    He was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and died from the disease in 2015.
  • 2005
    Age 68
    George was one of the 2005 cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave which selected Pope Benedict XVI, and one of the 2013 cardinal electors in the papal conclave of 2013 that selected Pope Francis.
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  • 2001
    Age 64
    He was a delegate of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the 2001 World Synod of Bishops, and was also elected to the Council for the World Synod of Bishops in 2001.
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  • 1998
    Age 61
    On January 18, 1998, Pope John Paul II announced Archbishop George's elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals with the title of Cardinal-Priest of San Bartolomeo all'Isola, which occurred at the consistory at the Vatican on February 21.
  • 1997
    Age 60
    Less than a year later, on April 8, 1997, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop George the eighth Archbishop of Chicago to fill a vacancy left by the death of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin on November 14, 1996.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 59
    On April 30, 1996, George was appointed the ninth Archbishop of Portland in Oregon.
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  • 1994
    Age 57
    He was a papal appointee to the 1994 World Synod of Bishops on Consecrated Life, and attended the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Vatican City in October 1994.
  • 1990
    Age 53
    From 1990 to 2008, he was Episcopal Moderator and member of the board of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities (now known as the National Catholic Partnership on Disability).
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    He was episcopal advisor to the Cursillo Movement (Region XII) from 1990 to 1997, and episcopal moderator of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities from 1990 to 2008.
    On July 10, 1990, George was appointed the fifth Bishop of Yakima in Washington by Pope John Paul II.
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  • 1988
    Age 51
    He obtained a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in 1988, with a thesis entitled: "Inculturation and communion".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 36
    He served as provincial superior of the Midwestern Province for the Missionary Oblates in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 1973 until 1974, when he became vicar general of his religious order.
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  • 1970
    Age 33
    During his teaching assignments, George earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in American Philosophy from Tulane University in 1970, and a Master of Theology degree from the University of Ottawa in 1971.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 27
    He received a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree from the University of Ottawa in 1964, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1965.
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  • 1963
    Age 26
    On December 21, 1963, George was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Raymond Hillinger at his home parish of St. Pascal Church.
  • 1961
    Age 24
    George was then sent to study theology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He made his solemn vows as a member of the Missionary Oblates on September 8, 1961.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 20
    He joined the Missionary Oblates on August 14, 1957.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Age 0
    Francis George was born on January 16, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, to Francis J. and Julia R. (née McCarthy) George.
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