Card. George

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  1. joan ellen says:

    I love this Cardinal George. He always has some good words for us to chew on. Straight forward. No mincing. Clear. Straight thinking. Understandable. Fearless. For the Faith. The image and text are priceless.

  2. Di says:

    This is a joke right?
    “Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.”
    – Pope Leo XIII (Sapientae Christianae, No. 14, encyclical, 1890)

  3. bookworm says:

    “He beat cancer. Twice.”

    Can’t recall where I first saw this, but there was some suggestion, at the time of the Cardinal’s most recent cancer recurrence, that prayers for his recovery be sought through the intercession of Servant of God Fr. Augustine Tolton — a former slave who became the first black priest in the U.S., and whose cause for canonization originated in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Could this most recent recovery perhaps count as a miracle advancing Fr. Tolton’s cause?

  4. Massachusetts Catholic says:

    I believe he’s earned all the respect he gets. I remember his line about his successor dying in prison. He seems to “get it” much more than some other prelates. (Now, if he’d only do something about Fr. Pfleger…)

  5. Juergensen says:

    It would be even more interesting if he banned abortionist-homosexualist politicians from receiving the Holy Eucharist, as per Canon 915.

  6. disco says:

    And he can forgive sins

  7. joan ellen says:

    That’s it…Cardinal George gets it. More than I as a mother/grandmother. It isn’t every mother who will have to answer to Our Lord…but most will…and I for one will have to. On the other hand, I have some redeeming aspects. As do most of us from the lowest to the highest.

    A gentleman who died years ago, was very, very good when he was good. He was very, very bad when he was bad. At his funeral someone let it be known that he took his bad with him and left his good here for others.

    That is not to say that there aren’t absolutes. It is to say that good and bad co-exist, even in each of us. Or why the free will?

  8. yatzer says:

    I’ve heard him, and respect him, but did not know this much about him. Deported from India?

  9. catholicmidwest says:

    Cardinal George is far from perfect, but he won me over from the balcony of St. Peter’s after Pope Benedict’s election. He was one big grin. I remember that day so well.

    He doesn’t pull any punches about what’s happening and we need all the help we can get.

    I’m glad he beat cancer again. Very, very good.

  10. NBW says:

    May God Bless him. I didn’t know he’d been through so much in other countries.

  11. Geoffrey says:



    I have always admired His Eminence, but I never knew all of this! Sounds like a biography should be in the works.

  12. Cardinal George is an extraordinary man. I first met him when teaching at Univ. of Oregon, as he was Archbishop of Portland. Can anyone give references to the events listed on the photo? I would love to send it around, but I know that people will deny the events. I have not been able to find references to them on the web.

    I don’t need references for the polio, cancer recoveries, and the languages–I have those already since I have met the Cardinal. So can anyone give media references for the other items?

  13. Thanks for posting this, Father.

    For those who are Facebook inclined, you can also find the image here and share it with others:

    Here is an excerpt of an article by Cardinal George where he lists some of his many “adventures”:

    I experienced limitation in disparate experiences that told me I was no more in control than were the poor I was visiting or living with: being abandoned in an Eskimo fishing village in Greenland; being caught in an exchange of gunfire between guerillas and the Filipino army in Mindanao; being part of a manifestation and attacked by the forces of order in “La Grande Place” in Brussels; walking through the squatter camps in Santiago, Chile, with the Vicariate of Solidarity under the Pinochet regime; being bombed in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, at the start of that country’s long civil war; bargaining for passage and perhaps for life, with soldiers who controlled the crossroads in the interior of the Congo; being refused entry to apartheid South Africa and deported helplessly from India, living in the indignities and shadows of Communist control in the lands of Eastern Europe. I learned I was not in control, and I also experienced personally what the Psalmist chanted long ago: “Put not your trust in princes.”

  14. Supertradmum says:

    Not pope, as the next one will most likely be an Italian. Look at who is close to Benedict and figure it out.

    I pray for this brave man.

    I would like to see him clean up the mess he inherited re: homosexual priests and seminarians, which still goes on in that diocese.
    Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach (AGLO)
    Serves the liturgical, social and personal needs of parishioners and of the greater archdiocesan area. Mass is celebrated with this group each Sunday at 7:00 p.m.“AGLO-Chicago is one of only a few parish communities in the world that celebrates and affirms our community’s orientations and identities, while providing our community with an opportunity to retain the rich traditions and culture of the mass,” from a recent job ad. and from the website which supports Dignity:
    Frances Cardinal George presided at AGLOChicago’s tenth anniversary in June 1998.

    October of 1999 AGLOChicago hosted the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries conference.

    and this is from the current bulletin–homosexual saints! and other tidbits

    Fr. Dennis O’Neill reminds us that in the early years
    of Christianity, homosexual saints were honored. Fr.
    O’Neill is pastor of St. Martha Parish, in Morton Grove
    and an AGLO Presider who 13 years ago founded The
    Living Circle, a spirituality center devoted to GLBT people
    and their friends. In 1995 the Circle hosted an art exhibit
    entitled “Passionate Holiness” that displayed such holy
    icons as Saints Boris and George the Hungarian and
    Saints Brigid and Darlughdach of Kildare. You are
    invited to a special viewing and reception of these icons
    at Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry at Bonaventure
    House just around the corner. We invite you to join
    us in prayer with The Living Circle on Friday,
    December 14th at 7 pm, in the chapel at Bonaventure
    House, 825 W. Wellington, Chicago.

    The color purple adorns our church as a symbol of our
    preparation for the coming of the Word of God as a
    child. The color purple is also recognized as one of
    support for GLBTQ youth. The Center for American
    Progress estimates in a 2010 study that LGBTQ youth
    account for 20-40 percent of homeless youth in the
    US, while only about 5-10 percent of the general youth
    population is LGBTQ. Will you show your support for
    our youth, especially the ones who have been pushed
    by hate or ignorance to live on our streets, and make
    the color purple come alive this Advent?

    Poor St. Bridgid. She is the favourite of both lgtb groups and feminists who want womynpriests.

  15. wesleydhardin says:

    “I don’t always extend my hands whilst praying to the Father, but when I do, it’s because I’m in the Person of Christ…live your vocation, my friends!”

  16. Finarfin says:

    Wow. I didn’t know that Cardinal George had all of those experiences. I’m going to share that image with others. Thanks for posting, Fr!

  17. robtbrown says:

    Supertradmum says:

    Not pope, as the next one will most likely be an Italian. Look at who is close to Benedict and figure it out.

    I don’t know who will succeed him, but in my eight years in Rome there would seem to be a prime papabile every year or so (among whom at various times were Laghi and Gantin) who was odds on favorite to be elected were JPII to have died. He didn’t, and their prospects went up in (black) smoke. No one then ever mentioned Ratzinger, but in the year or so before JPII did die, he emerged as the favorite. Then BXVI.

    My point is that favorites come and go. The question is not who is papabile (or papabilissimo) but who will be when BXVI has about 6 mos of life left.

    Two other points:

    1) The Italians are not so determined to elect an Italian as some might think. They are well aware of the sorry state of the Church and want to choose the best man. They are also expert judges of people.

    A corollary is that Latin American Cardinals are not determined to elect a Latin American. Most of the Cardinals have more international contacts than regional ones.

    2) Anyone listing Cardinal Schonborn as papabile is knows nothing. NB: The media kept listing Cardinal Martini as papabile, but from all reports he only received few more votes than I did.

  18. Papabile?, I think not, but I do pray for his courage and faithfulness to Holy Mother Church.

  19. min-bee says:

    I’m with Di, who asked if this post is a joke. I nearly fell over when I saw Cardinal George’s photo on your blog, just after I had transcribed his remarks on the cause of Dorothy Day made at the General Assembly of the USCCB, Tuesday, November 13 Afternoon General Session, Part 1, minutes 41ff: “We should be clear about whom we’re embracing here. . . . What I’m saying is that you have someone who is outside the liberal-conservative cat fight. You have someone who brought into question first of all, all war. She was a pacifist during the last good war, the Second World War. . . . And we need pacifists as witness to the kingdom of heaven not being carried away by violence, even as we recognize there are just wars because governments must defend their citizens and parents must defend their children; nonetheless, we need the witness of those who will not fight under any circumstances, just as we need celibates who tell us in the kingdom of heaven there will be neither marriage or giving in marriage, even though most people are called to Christian marriage now .” He continued, “Her solution to the problems of capitalism was the works of mercy. She was critical not just of this administration or that policy; she was critical of the constitutional order of the United States of America. She believed that all states were inherently totalitarian. And as we struggle at this opportune moment to try to show how we are losing our freedoms in the name of individual rights, Dorothy Day is a very, very, very good woman to have on our side.” It’s hard to see how Day could be “outside the liberal-conservative cat fight” when she spent her whole life–before and after becoming a Catholic– as an admitted propagandist, agitator, and “radical.” She had an admiration for Saul Alinsky, who helped to form Obama’s contempt for middle-class Americans. Cardinal George, in addition to claiming that the last just war was World War II, seems to agree with Day that the constitutional republic of the USA qualifies as a “totalitarian government.” This has not yet occurred, and God willing the trend will be reversed. Otherwise, we will continue to lose our constitutional rights not in favor of “individual rights,” but through the unconstitutional imposition of a godless and socialist agenda by President Obama, who declared in February 2012 at the National Prayer Breakfast that Dorothy Day was “one of the great reformers” of the 20th century. For corroboration, see Carol Byrne’s “The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-1980) and the blog “Dorothy Day Another Way.”

  20. Laura98 says:

    Wow, he surely is an interesting man. I did not know all of this about Card. George. May the Lord continue to Bless him.

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