Chicago priest’s confession: he crossed the border illegally

His story, and why he did it, from the Chicago Tribune:  Just days after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by climbing a wall, a Chicago priest said Sunday that what he did was wrong and urged parishioners in his Southwest Side church to apologize if they had done the same. “And by recognizing you did something [Read More...]

Praying the Stations of the “L”: one man’s unique journey through Chicago

The Chicago Tribune follows one young man’s unusual pilgrimage: There’s nothing extraordinary about Aidan Gillespie’s daily commute on the No. 50 bus down Damen Avenue. Perhaps that’s why the Roman Catholic schoolteacher chose the train Tuesday for a more spiritual journey. Setting out before dawn, Gillespie, 25, rode every line of Chicago’s “L” from end [Read More...]

Where have all the children gone?

Most of us know the answer. The Chicago Tribune puts its finger on a trend with significant implications: Demographers have long known that the baby boom of the 1950s was giving way to a baby bust nationwide. Now Illinois and the Chicago area are providing a vivid example of the trend: According to data from [Read More...]

Pastor publishes parish evaluation of his priestly ministry

I’ve never heard of a pastor doing something like this, but I’m awfully impressed. Fr. Ken Simpson, from St. Clement Parish in Chicago, posted this candid evaluation of his job performance on the parish website: Dear Parishioners, Over the last few months I have been participating in a Periodic Review of Priestly Ministry. This coincides [Read More...]

Chicago parishioners rally around priest they call “a living saint”

Read all about it, from the Chicago Sun Times:  He’s a gritty old white Catholic priest who cusses like a sailor, marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King and is hailed as a “living saint” by many in his majority black Southwest Side parish. But nine months after he was brutally beaten to within an [Read More...]

Cardinal George on his cancer diagnosis: “I felt I’d licked something, and I didn’t…”

From the Associated Press: Facing a second battle with cancer in six years, Cardinal Francis George said Friday he intends to keep up with his duties, but that the diagnosis was hard to take after believing he had beaten the disease. The 75-year-old spoke to reporters during a gala celebrating his 15th anniversary as leader [Read More...]

Illinois woman seeking to become a deacon

Details, from the Chicago Tribune: Lynne Mapes-Riordan, of Evanston, hopes women will one day serve as Roman Catholic deacons. After 800 years, she could be one of the first. Growing up, she never gave ordination a second thought. But then she learned that, unlike the church’s verdict barring female priests, the question of female deacons [Read More...]

Tolerance in 2012 — UPDATED

This video is starting to make the rounds: Father Gerald O’Reilly prays outside of Chick-fil-A, (Watertower) in Chicago, Illinois on the 8th of August, 2012.  Watch what happens. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has some thoughts on this video that may surprise you.   Read more.   [Read more...]

Chicago’s Catholic schools at a crossroads

The Chicago Tribune looks this weekend at some trends in Catholic education — and finds, despite the hurdles, hope: If what has happened to St. Scholastica Academy in Rogers Park illustrates the grand rise and decline of Catholic schooling over the past century, supporters hope Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Pilsen is more telling of its [Read More...]

Waiting for a miracle for Blessed George Matulaitis

He has a loyal and devoted following in Chicago, where a significant anniversary on his path to sainthood was celebrated this weekend: If a group of local Catholics have a say in the matter, the late Archbishop George (Jurgis) Matulaitis could soon join the saintly ranks of Michael the archangel, Joan of Arc and John [Read More...]


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