Joseph Cardinal Bernardin wasn’t born in Chicago, but he became as much a part of Chicago as the lakefront and the neighborhoods he served. Bernardin was a man of principles, and of action. He believed in the sanctity of life, not just working against abortion but against the death penalty and nuclear arms. His rise in the ranks of the Catholic Church was swift. He was the youngest bishop ever appointed in the United States. But beyond his renown as an administrator, he was at heart, a humble pastor who cared deeply for people.
On the 20th anniversary of his passing we remember the Cardinal by talking to Steven Millies, history professor and author of the new book Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground.