The ouster of gay employees at churches is causing a lot more trouble than church officials expected. Recently, instances of protest have been reported somewhere in the country almost weekly. On Aug. 15, the Chicago Tribune ran a front-page story that continued for almost a full page inside on one situation.
The process to find a successor for Cardinal Francis George has begun.
The Chicago archdiocese confirmed Thursday that George was informed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the papal nuncio to the U.S., that he has begun the consulting process and expects to complete it in late fall.
The archdiocese said it has no further information at this time.
George, 77, submitted his resignation in 2012, per canon law requirements for bishops when they reach the age of 75. That same year in August the cardinal was diagnosed with cancer in his right kidney.
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Chicago Cardinal Francis George was released from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood on Friday afternoon, according to a press release from the archdiocese.
He went to Loyola March 14 for a regular checkup on his chemotherapy treatment and was hospitalized later that day for flulike symptoms and dehydration.
He received intravenous fluids and is receiving antibiotics for an infection his doctors identified.
Speaking of his cancer, Cardinal Francis George says in a column "It will most probably eventually be the cause of my death."
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