WBEZ | cardinal george http://www.wbez.org/tags/cardinal-george Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/cupich-be-next-chicago-archbishop-110827 <p><p>The Vatican has picked a replacement for Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.archchicago.org/Cardinal/">Cardinal Francis George</a>.</p><p>Pope Francis has tapped Bishop Blase Cupich, who leads the diocese in Spokane, Washington. Before that, Cupich was bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota.</p><p>Pope Francis&#39; choice for Chicago has been closely watched. It is his first major U.S. appointment and the clearest sign yet of the direction he hopes to steer American church leaders. Cupich is a considered a moderate &nbsp;among the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/meet-bishop-blase-cupich-chicagos-incoming-archbishop-110828">Meet Bishop Blase Cupich, Chicago&#39;s incoming archbishop</a></strong></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">Cardinal George has been the spiritual leader for two million Roman Catholics in Lake and Cook County for 17 years now. He&rsquo;s 77, and he&rsquo;s battling cancer for the third time.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>George first Chicago native as archbishop</strong></p><p>The Cardinal -- the first Chicago native to become archbishop here -- has been a polarizing and at times even controversial leader. But there are contradictions between the Cardinal&rsquo;s public and private life that could shape how we remember him.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/168598059&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As former head of the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/">U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops</a>, the Cardinal led a high-profile fight against Obamacare and the birth control mandate. He&rsquo;s become one of the most prominent voices in the church, nationally and internationally, about what he sees as the dangers of secularism, same-sex marriage and most of all, restrictions on <a href="http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/cardinal-george-addresses-religious-freedom-in-speech-at-byu">freedom of religion</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS5291_CardinalGeorge_Healing_Garden-scr.JPG" style="height: 240px; width: 320px; float: left;" title="Cardinal Francis George (File)" />The Cardinal&rsquo;s often portrayed as unfeeling, aloof, even imperious. But colleagues &ndash; and even some critics &ndash; said there&rsquo;s more to him than that.</p><p>Despite being a powerhouse in the Roman Catholic church, Graziano Marcheschi &ndash; who worked with him for a dozen years at the Archdiocese &ndash; said George is not overly impressed with himself, or the trappings of his office.</p><p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;ll stand in line, he&rsquo;ll grab the paper plate, he&rsquo;ll get the plastic spoon and fork, and he&rsquo;ll put the food on his own plate, and he&rsquo;ll just go sit where there&rsquo;s a place at any table,&rdquo; Marcheschi said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s not looking for the &lsquo;quote&rsquo; head table, he&rsquo;s not looking for the other power players in the room. He just goes and sits and he talks to whoever&rsquo;s there.&rdquo;</p><p>That doesn&rsquo;t mean the Cardinal&rsquo;s the touchy-feely type. But people who have gotten to know him say he&rsquo;s kinder and has more compassion than people generally give him credit for.</p><p>Marcheschi, who now heads mission and ministry at St. Xavier University, likes to tell a story to illustrate this.</p><p>George was speaking at a retreat for young volunteer ministers several years ago when a young woman asked him about the issue of female priests. The Cardinal told her the church believes it&rsquo;s God&rsquo;s will for men to be priests, not women.</p><p>&ldquo;And the young woman became very distraught, and began to cry, and ran out of the room,&rdquo; Marcheschi said. &ldquo;Well, Cardinal George was just speechless. And then afterward, he turned to my wife and he said, &lsquo;Nancy, what happened?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Marcheschi said his wife explained the woman may have felt the church was closing the door on her dreams. Then later some other women at the event asked the Cardinal if they could further discuss the subject of women&rsquo;s ordination later.</p><p>&ldquo;So he said, absolutely, make sure that young woman is part of the group, and I&rsquo;ll be happy to sit down with you,&rdquo; according to Marcheschi.</p><p>The women spent part of a day talking with the Cardinal, but he didn&rsquo;t budge from his view on church teachings prohibiting female priests. (That&rsquo;s a stance he&rsquo;s remained firm on &ndash; in fact, he has asked some priests who openly supported women&rsquo;s ordination to publicly apologize.)</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Obviously the young woman clearly would have liked to have heard something different and didn&rsquo;t,&rdquo; Marcheschi said. &ldquo;But what did happen is she felt heard, she did not feel dismissed. Here she was with the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, a man with a global reach, a man who meets with popes and presidents, and he took an afternoon to meet with this young woman because he had seen how distressed she had been.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Two views of George legacy</strong></p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cardinal%20george%202014%20by%20LK%202.JPG" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Cardinal Francis George speaks earlier this year. (WBEZ/Lynette Kalsnes)" /></div><p>Georgetown University Theology Professor Chester Gillis sees two differing views of George&rsquo;s legacy emerging.</p><p>&ldquo;Those who see him as defending the church against what might be kind of an anti-Christian sentiment in culture and society will raise him as a hero and say he stood against gay marriage, he stood against abortion, he stood against a lot of cultural patterns, and they think that&rsquo;s exactly what he should have done,&rdquo; Gillis said. &ldquo;Others will say that&rsquo;s all he did. That&rsquo;s not true that&rsquo;s all he did, but they&rsquo;ll say he was irrelevant.&rdquo;</p><p>On the progressive side, many see the Cardinal as rigid &ndash; even doctrinaire &ndash; in his view of church teachings.</p><p>&ldquo;He has been a constant complainer about the inroads of secularism and individualism, that those things have crept into the church, and that people aren&rsquo;t like they used to be, and not talking about how the church should be reacting today,&rdquo; said author Robert McClory. McClory is a charter member of the national Catholic group based in Chicago, <a href="http://cta-usa.org/">Call to Action</a>, and writes for the <a href="http://ncronline.org/authors/robert-mcclory">National Catholic Reporter</a>.</p><p>McClory credited the Cardinal with being a hardworking, conscientious overseer of the Archdiocese, but not an innovator.</p><p>&ldquo;He has followed kind of the directives of Pope John Paul II. Keep the church from moving forward, in fact, to keep the church moving backward,&rdquo; McClory said.</p><p>Cardinal George views church teachings in strict terms. He&rsquo;s a noted conservative intellectual, who has earned master&rsquo;s degrees and doctorates in both philosophy and theology. He personally rejects the terms liberal or conservative as being in the realm of politics, not religion. He describes things as being Gospel truth, or not.</p><p>&ldquo;Jesus didn&rsquo;t die on the cross so you could believe anything you want to,&rdquo; he told WBEZ. &ldquo;There is a faith, and the teachers of the faith are the bishops, with a lot of instruction by others. You can say I&rsquo;m Catholic but I don&rsquo;t believe this, I don&rsquo;t believe that. Well, you&rsquo;ve created your own church.&rdquo;</p><p>Perhaps the sharpest criticism is reserved for Cardinal George&rsquo;s handling of the priest sex abuse scandal. He was instrumental in pushing for reforms in the early 2000s that changed how the church handles abuse across the U.S.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/survivors-lawyers-say-documents-prove-priest-sex-abuse-cover-109557">church records show</a> he let some <a href="http://www.andersonadvocates.com/Archdiocese-of-Chicago-Documents.aspx">priests stay in their positions despite abuse allegations</a>, and sometimes<a href="http://www.andersonadvocates.com/documents/Key_Chicago_Documents/McCormack%20Ex%20126.pdf"> even after the church review board recommended their removal</a>. Advocates point out the Cardinal also didn&rsquo;t discipline those priests&rsquo; superiors.</p><p>The most notorious case on the Cardinal&rsquo;s watch was that of Daniel McCormack, who was convicted of molesting several boys and named in numerous lawsuits over additional abuse allegations.</p><p>In 2012, the Cardinal told WBEZ: &ldquo;Oh, by far, the most difficult challenge has been the terrible fallout from the sexual abuse of children by some priests. I pray for victims. That&rsquo;s been the overwhelming weight in a sense that has stayed with me.&rdquo;</p><p>The Cardinal&rsquo;s also faced protests from the LGBT community as an outspoken lobbyist against gay marriage.</p><p>He has compared the tactics of some gay rights activists to fascism, and he ignited controversy a few years ago by <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/07/chicago-cardinal-apologizes-for-linking-gay-pride-parade-to-ku-klux-klan/">likening organizers of Chicago&rsquo;s gay Pride Parade</a> to &ldquo;something like the Ku Klux Klan&rdquo; when he worried that the parade route would disrupt mass at a local church. He later backtracked and apologized for using an &ldquo;inflammatory&rdquo; analogy.</p><p>&ldquo;I wish he was leaving a legacy as someone who was in the trenches with the poor, as someone who was against gun violence that permeates this city,&rdquo; said Martin Grochala, a board member with <a href="http://www.dignityusa.org/">Dignity Chicago</a>, which advocates for LGBT people in the church. &ldquo;I think unfortunately for LGBT people, his legacy is going to be about advocating against gay marriage.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>&quot;A person of vision&quot;</strong></p><p>But supporter Robert Gilligan, who heads the Catholic Conference of Illinois, called Cardinal George a &ldquo;person of vision.&rdquo;</p><p>Gilligan said the Cardinal clearly and eloquently articulated Catholic church teachings on many issues, including the sacredness of life from conception to death, and that will be what George is remembered for.</p><p>Mary Anne Hackett, who heads the conservative <a href="http://catholiccitizens.org/">Catholic Citizens of Illinois</a>, said she thinks the Cardinal was doing just what he ought to, fighting against abortion and for what she calls &lsquo;true marriage,&rsquo; between a man and a woman.</p><p>&ldquo;What he tried to do was to restore the church in Chicago to what the church teaches,&rdquo; Hackett said. &ldquo;You could call that conservative, I would call that Catholic.&rdquo;</p><p>She acknowledged the Cardinal can sometimes be overly blunt. But she doesn&rsquo;t think those moments will be his lasting legacy:</p><p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;ll be remembered as a person that is open to talk things over, to meet with people of all different persuasions and different opinions, to meet with them, and try to resolve difficulties and differences, on a personal one-to-one basis actually,&rdquo; Hackett said.</p><p>Dignity Chicago&rsquo;s Martin Grochala experienced this firsthand when he and his group met with George several times.</p><p>&ldquo;While we did not see eye to eye on church teaching about sexuality, our conversations were warm and respectful,&rdquo; Grochala said. &ldquo;He was very intelligent and quite, quite quick-witted. Very funny.&rdquo;</p><p>The Cardinal has called this kind of contact with parishioners his greatest joy. And he has packed as much of it as he could into his final days in office. Although he&rsquo;s facing cancer for the third time, George has resembled the Energizer bunny of late.</p><p>His battles with cancer aren&rsquo;t the first time he&rsquo;s faced serious illness. As a teen, George fought polio and overcame it, though the disease left him with a limp. Quigley Preparatory Academy turned him away, saying he was disabled and couldn&rsquo;t be a priest. So George found another religious school, before going on to hold high posts in Rome and being appointed a bishop, archbishop and finally cardinal.</p><p>The Cardinal doesn&rsquo;t plan to entirely slow down. He has said repeatedly that he&rsquo;ll help his successor any way he can. He hopes to spend much of his time doing confirmations and hearing confessions.</p><p>&ldquo;The skill of living is to live as if you&rsquo;re going to die tomorrow and still do your job,&rdquo; the Cardinal said. &ldquo;In a sense prayer does that. You live for a while in a moment where you&rsquo;re not in charge, you&rsquo;re just at God&rsquo;s disposition. And as long as that&rsquo;s the case, then, well, I don&rsquo;t want to die tomorrow, but if I did, I&rsquo;m sure the Lord would still be providential in his care of the Earth. It doesn&rsquo;t depend on me.&rdquo;</p><p><em>WBEZ&rsquo;s Lynette Kalsnes covers religion and culture. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/LynetteKalsnes">@Lynette Kalsnes</a></em></p></p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/cupich-be-next-chicago-archbishop-110827 Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-trying <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover Flickr Keoni Cabral.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congresswoman Robin Kelly looks back at her first year in office. Also, we take a look at the double standard when it comes to college basketball players going pro. And, remembering Chicago jazz pianist King Flemming.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-trying Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-tryin-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover Flickr Keoni Cabral.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congresswoman Robin Kelly looks back at her first year in office. Also, we take a look at the double standard when it comes to college basketball players going pro. And, remembering Chicago jazz pianist King Flemming.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-tryin-0 Morning Shift: Examining politicians' self-made narrative http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-09/morning-shift-examining-politicians-self-made <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover boots Flickr wormwould.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Politicians love reminding voters of their humble beginnings. We dissect the &quot;bootstrap&quot; narrative. We also hear about Norse mythology from an unlikely source.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-examining-the-bootstrap-narrative/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-examining-the-bootstrap-narrative.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-examining-the-bootstrap-narrative" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Examining politicians' self-made narrative" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-09/morning-shift-examining-politicians-self-made Morning Shift: Dealing with first day jitters http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-26/morning-shift-dealing-first-day-jitters-108520 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Parent-child - Flickr-stephanski.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Monday marks the first day of school for CPS students, some of whom will be at new schools for the first time. We check in from various schools around the city. And, we discuss strategies for dealing with the anxiety of the first day of school.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-51/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-51.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-51" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Dealing with first day jitters" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-26/morning-shift-dealing-first-day-jitters-108520 Cardinal George speaks in support of coalition for free water for nonprofits http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/cardinal-george-speaks-support-coalition-free-water-nonprofits-106913 <p><p>Cardinal Francis George has joined a large interfaith coalition pushing for free or discounted water for religious institutions.</p><p>The coalition, working together since Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut the exemption that gave churches free water in December 2011, is now responding to the mayor&rsquo;s proposal that would charge nonprofits for water based on their assets. Nonprofits with net assets under $1 million would be exempt from paying for water, while those with more than $250 million in assets would pay the full charge. Those in between would pay a discounted rate.</p><p>Cardinal Francis George voiced opposition to the plan, though he was careful in how he addressed his challenge to the mayor:</p><p>&ldquo;As we go forward and people are saying that there has to be some kind of mutual accommodation, I would just like to say that they should look at the budgets and the operating deficits and the savings, much more so than assets,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp; &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t want a city that only has government institutions, then you have to see to the solvency of religious institutions and other non-profits.&rdquo;</p><p>The Cardinal said he and other religious leaders want to find a middle ground with city officials.</p><p>Aldermen that support the coalition proposed a change to restore the water exemption last December, but that&rsquo;s been stuck in committee.</p><p>In a statement, Tom Alexander, the mayor&rsquo;s deputy communications director, called the asset-based compromise &ldquo;a fair, reasonable proposal that will allow all non-profit institutions the chance to continue providing their vital community services, while paying their fair share, just as residents do.&rdquo;</p><p>Alexander said the measure is the mayor&rsquo;s &ldquo;final proposal&rdquo; after holding meetings with faith leaders, aldermen and community groups. He said they hope to bring the proposal up at the next City Council meeting.</p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/cardinal-george-speaks-support-coalition-free-water-nonprofits-106913 Cardinal George and the house of 19 chimneys http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-12-18/cardinal-george-and-house-19-chimneys-104453 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS2444_AP060406015168-cardinal george Charles Rex Arbogast-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I have never been invited to a party at the three story red-brick mansion that sits imposingly on North Avenue between State Parkway and Astor Street. This is the home of Cardinal Francis George.</p><p>This building, often called the &quot;House of 19 Chimneys,&quot; has been the official home of all of Chicago&#39;s Roman Catholic leaders (does it surprise you that there have been only eight?) since it was built in 1885. Their names: Archbishop Patrick A. Feehan, Archbishop James E. Quigley, Cardinals George Mundelein, Samuel Stritch, Albert Meyer, John Cody, Joseph Bernardin and, since 1997, Francis George.</p><p>At the time the mansion was erected it was one of the first homes in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Back then, Archbishop Feehan headed an Archdiocese in which most Catholics were immigrants struggling to find their way in a new nation and culture. In building such an impressive house amid the similarly impressive homes of the city&#39;s elite, Feehan was making a very public statement about the church&#39;s membership in Chicago&#39;s power structure.</p><p>More than a century later, however, the mansion has come to seem, to some people, including Cardinal George, who has taken a vow of poverty, as more than a bit too ostentatious.</p><p>&quot;How do you live in a way that appears simpler when living in that house?&quot; the cardinal said in 2002 when he suggested it should be sold. His advisers, though, dissuaded him, citing its historical significance.</p><p>City light bandleader Rich Daniels gets invited to many fine houses. He&#39;s usually in the company of many musicians, especially over the years he and his band have played at the cardinal&#39;s Christmas party.</p><p>Daniels says of the cardinal&rsquo;s house: &ldquo;Much like any other respected building in Chicago, you feel a sense of history all around you. This home was used by Franklin Roosevelt as a retreat while he was president, not to mention the fact that pope John Paul II stayed and prayed here on his Chicago visits. The home screams respect, dignity and history.&quot;</p><p>Over many years, saxophonist Daniels has filled this house (or at least some of its rooms) with music at Christmas time. There is no doubt that when he does so, he remembers growing up as the only child of Richard and Virginia Daniels in the Wrightwood neighborhood and attending St. Thomas More Catholic Church.</p><p>So, how is the cardinal&#39;s Christmas party?</p><p>&quot;Everyone, including the cardinal, could not have been nicer to us,&quot; Daniels says. &quot;It was terrific and packed with good-spirited guests. It&#39;s always a wonderful event. The cardinal personally greets all of the guests, about 250 people, and takes photos with them near his Christmas tree.&quot;</p><p>I ask him: anybody get drunk and act crazy?</p><p>There was no answer; leading me to the realization that part of being a big band leader is knowing when to be quiet.</p></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-12-18/cardinal-george-and-house-19-chimneys-104453 Joliet bishop allows priest accused of sexual abuse to return to ministry http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/joliet-bishop-allows-priest-accused-sexual-abuse-return-ministry-102420 <p><p>The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is demanding that Cardinal Francis George help oust a fellow bishop from a national committee intended to protect youth from sexual abuse by priests.</p><p>Joliet Bishop Daniel Conlon heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops&#39; Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.</p><p>Conlon allowed Father Lee Ryan to return to his ministry this week. The Diocese of Joliet put Ryan on leave in 2010 after a man in Florida alleged that he had been abused by Ryan repeatedly in the 1970s.</p><p>But in a statement, Bishop Conlon said a Vatican office made this determination: &ldquo;Under church law in force at the time of the alleged abuse, Father Ryan was not guilty of a grave delict (serious crime) and therefore could not be removed permanently from ministry.&rdquo;</p><p>The bishop is allowing Ryan to return to ministry, serving homebound parishioners of St. Edmund&rsquo;s Parish in Watseka, Ill.</p><p>SNAP said Thursday that Bishop Conlon doesn&rsquo;t deserve to head the U.S. bishops&rsquo; committee. SNAP spokesperson Barbara Blaine called the diocese &ldquo;naïve&rdquo; to think that shut-ins don&rsquo;t have families or children visiting.</p><p>&ldquo;The bishops have committed themselves to a zero-tolerance policy, and this is a direct violation of that policy,&rdquo; Blaine said.</p><p>The alleged victim said he was &ldquo;blindsided&rdquo; by the bishop&#39;s actions: &quot;Why would you risk putting a known predator ... why would they do that?&quot; he asked.</p><p>He said the Diocese of Joliet won&rsquo;t clearly explain to him why they made the decision to return Ryan to ministry.</p><p>&ldquo;I asked them, &#39;What if he touches another young person?.&#39; They said, &lsquo;Well then it&rsquo;s on our hands,&quot; he said. &quot;I just felt like, well I guess when he touched me, they don&rsquo;t consider it on their hands.&rdquo;</p><p>A statement from the diocese said Father Ryan may ask to be reassigned to different duties.</p><p>The diocese and the Conference of Catholic Bishops did not return calls for comment.</p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/joliet-bishop-allows-priest-accused-sexual-abuse-return-ministry-102420 The $5 rules: Advice from off-off-off Loop theater pro to the IL GOP http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-07/5-rules-advice-loop-theater-pro-il-gop-93806 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-07/strawpoll.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-07/strawpoll.JPG" style="width: 492px; height: 369px;" title="Popcorn? For 5 bucks, I want chicken. (WBEZ/Sam Hudzik) "></p><p>What's up Illinois?!<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-gop-paul-wins-presidential-straw-poll-93794"> Ron Paul in the house</a>! More than 3,600 people voted in the Illinois Republican straw poll over the weekend. The Ill. GOP needs cash, apparently to help with the 2012 election, so they charged people $5 to vote in this informal poll. Now, $5 might seem like it goes a long way (3,600x5=$18k) but party leaders really should've talked with some local off-Loop theater companies who actually have experience with $5 tickets before settling on that amount. Why? Because while $18,000 might seem like nice pull, my bet is the party overlooked a few things.&nbsp; Did you pay the door guy yet? How 'bout props? Did you have any props at your straw poll (straw hats, perhaps)? And do you have the rights to the "Straw Poll" script? And are you paying the actors (in this case, candidates)? And the wrap party? Did you pay for the wrap party?</p><p>My guess is that the Ill. GOP has about $1,200 left. My advice? Spend it on a new set.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://gawker.com/5856928/heres-the-freaky-surveillance-equipment-chicago-police-are-using-to-spy-on-you/gallery/1">Gawker has a story about Occupy Chicago protesters accusing the Chicago Police Department</a> of installing eavesdropping equipment near their camp.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: In my regular Monday morning "give me a break" segment, I focus on two of our state's esteemed leaders. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cardinal-quinn-dispute-20111107,0,4634777.story">Cardinal George and Gov. Pat Quinn got into a spat over the weekend</a>, and the rape victim at the center of the brawl (she was going to receive an award) has hurt feelings. Then the Cardinal backtracks, saying he didn't even know she was involved. Cardinal, let me explain: I've been in many shoving matches. If you want to have a shoving match with another dude, first thing you want to do is make sure someone isn't standing between you.&nbsp; That's just obvious, right? Fighters, am I right?</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Wow, I guess it's good that no <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/mccaul_leaps_top_50_richest_members_congress-208231-1.html?pos=adp">Illinois Congressman is on the list of the top 50 richest members of Congress</a>? I wonder where Obama would rank if he were still in the Senate. Now, my question has to be: Do people who run for congress know that they can become millionaires? Is it sort of a move to take your financial status to the next level? Or are they rich before and just do it cause they are bored.</p><p>Remember when it was cool to want to be rich?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="369" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ztk9t_m1FpY" width="500"></iframe></p><p><strong>E story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-11-07/central-park-theater-chicagos-first-movie-palace-93727">John R. Schmidt gives us the story behind Chicago's first movie palace</a>. Greatest blog ever.</p><p><strong>F story</strong>: I'm sure it's a great show, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-eberts-movie-review-show-will-end-without-more-financial-backing-20111107,0,1767642.story">but isn't "lack of funds" the reason most shows on public media go away</a>? Ebert needs money and he has access to all the newspapers, who are writing up his financial conundrum like a news story. Weird. Well, this blog needs cash or it might go away too. Sneed, can you help?</p><p><strong>G story</strong>: Nope, Sneed is busy. She has a great bit from Friday - <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/8575767-452/fast-eddie-thisclose-to-release-from-federal-prison.html">Fast Eddie is close to getting out of federal prison</a>.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: So dark. So cold. So dark and cold. Remind me why I don't live in Phoenix again? Oh right, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4Cx44XKZ4">the dust storms</a>.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The Bears play another game on Monday Night Football tonight. They draw the Philadelphia Eagles, a team coined "The Dream Team" at the beginning of the season. The Eagles dropped mad cash in free agency to bolster the team, but have stumbled early. However, they just destroyed the Dallas Cowboys last week and all eyebrows are partially raised. Is this team legit? The Bears win tonight in Philly and we will be looking at a team that is sort of a carbon copy of the 2010 squad, which managed to get to the NFC Championship game. Now, I'll give the Bears a bit of credit. This is what we want from our NFL franchise. To be relevant late into the season. If they were 1-6 right now, nobody would care. But they are in the thick of it, so we have a national audience. Please, please, please Lovie - do not sh*t the bed tonight. We watched the other marquee games live up to their hype this weekend, so finish strong.</p><p>Right now, Chicago has switched back to Wildcat town, shunning the over-hyped Illini.The <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/recap?gameId=313090158">Northwestern win over Nebraska was prime time</a>. The Wildcats under Pat Fitzgerald are always good for at least one or two games like this a year. How many are the Illini good for? And stinker award goes to the Blackhawks, who played their new arch rival Vancouver last night at the UC. <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/recap?gameId=400046901">Not a good showing</a>. They were blown out, 6-2. That's not what we want to see.</p><p>So to recap: We want to see the Wildcats. We don't want to see the Blackhawks. We hope to see more of the Bears.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: This is the week of 11/11/11, which means that <a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/">Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Beckoning of Lovely project is due</a>. This film has been in the works for three years. Seriously, I remember we did a Writers' Block Party episode on 8/08/08, and the launch of the project in June 2008. She's having a big party/show release at 11am on 11/11/11 at Millennium Park. I'll be there!!!!!</p><p>Here's the first video that started it all. It's called <strong>17 things i made</strong>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="369" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o3eZvEIdmq4" width="500"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-07/5-rules-advice-loop-theater-pro-il-gop-93806 St. Sabina protests suspension of Father Pfleger http://www.wbez.org/story/st-sabina-protests-suspension-father-pfleger-85817 <p><p>Members of St. Sabina Catholic Church marched in front of the home of Chicago's top Roman Catholic leader today. They protested Cardinal Francis George's decision to suspend their outspoken priest, Father Michael Pfleger.<br> <br> Two busloads from St. Sabina started out in front of the Cardinal's home, but police said they couldn't protest there, and shuffled them across the street to a park. They bowed their heads in prayer.</p><p>The parishioners came to ask the Cardinal to meet with them and to lift Father Pfleger's suspension. The Cardinal suspended Pfleger after he reportedly said he'd consider leaving the Catholic church, rather than accept a transfer to serve at a Catholic high school.</p><p>In a letter, Cardinal George said that violated Pfleger's vows to obey, adding, "If that truly is your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church, and therefore are not able to pastor..."</p><p>He asked Father Pfleger to take a few weeks to pray over the situation. In the meantime, Father Pfleger will keep the office of pastor, "but without permission to function."</p><p>But St. Sabina leaders said the Cardinal took Pfleger's remarks out of context.</p><p>Isadore Glover Jr., who chairs the parish council, said there's a succession plan underway for Pfleger to mentor a priest who will replace him in a few years.</p><p>"It is not Father Pfleger or his remarks that have short-circuited the process, but rather the Archdiocese who has never honored the St. Sabina transition planning process," Glover said.</p><p>Associate minister Dr. Kimberly Lymore said Pfleger feels hurt, angry and disrespected.<br> <br> "This has hit us like a ton of bricks, but we are not down, and we are not lifeless," she said.</p><p>The church leadership said the parish was devastated. They said media learned about the suspension Wednesday afternoon before the parish or Father Pfleger did.<br> <br> Pfleger's assistant, Vince Clark, said Pfleger and the church's reaction was: "Shock, devastation, we all feel the same pain, we were blind-sided yesterday."<br> <br> Clark said St. Sabina's the only place many parishioners feel welcome as African-Americans in the church.<br> <br> "You can't just put a rent-a-priest in St. Sabina church and think you're going to have business as usual," he said. "That's not it, the people there want more. They want to be black and Catholic without giving up either one."<br> <br> He predicted some members will leave St. Sabina if Pfleger does.<br> <br> His wife, Cheryl, is one of them. She said the situation has been going on too long, and she'd "absolutely not" stay if the priest is compelled to go.<br> <br> "You pray and you pray things will get better, but it gets to the point at which you become outraged," Cheryl Clark said.<br> <br> The Archdiocese of Chicago had no further comments today. They directed people back to the Cardinal's letter released Wednesday, saying it "provides extensive and clear information."</p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/st-sabina-protests-suspension-father-pfleger-85817