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Cardinal George Lives With the Red-Hat to Prepare for Cardinal Dolan

Pat Hickey 21 February 2012 6 Comments

Cardinal George of Chicago Lives the Sacrifice of the Eucharist 24/7 – So will Cardinal Dolan of NY

When the doctrines and practices that support religious consciousness are dismissed—as they so often are in contemporary secularism—the moral convictions born of that consciousness are imperilled. This is the massively important point missed by those who so blithely say, “it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you’re a nice person.” Father Bob Barron

I’m a Catholic, a sinful, vain, lazy, shiftless, filthy-minded, one, but a Catholic nevertheless. The Church is stuck with me and I try as best I am able to stick with the Church. It is not easy; nor is it supposed to be.


I pretty much know when I have sinned, but there are always loving people around me to reinforce what jerk I have been; therefore, a trip to the penalty box and confession and also some tasks and words to make things right again. The elevation to Cardinal this past Sunday of New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan is an especially happy event for this raggedy-man. Cardinal Dolan is a reflection of what an American Catholic should be – a very happy warrior of Christ.

Francis Cardinal George and his predecessor Joseph Cardinal Bernardin paved the way for young men like Timothy Dolan. Dolan, it seems to me, is a composite of Cardinals Bernardin and George. Bernardin was welcomed to Chicago with balloons and tears of joy and exited to tears of sorrow upon his death. Cardinal Bernardin had it made, compared to Cardinal George.

Cardinal George walked into minefields laid by politicians, activists and their media purse-puppies one after another – Racism with Father Pfleger, Gay everything, Abortion patsy politicians like Quinn, Daley and Durbin. Cardinal George was confronted with more gotcha moments than any polticians by a very hostile secularist news media.

Cathleen Falsani, religion writer of the Chicago Sun Times helped the radical priest activist pastor of St. Sabina’s orchestrate a months long faux-Selma racist polarizing of south side parishs over Athletics, where there was none to be found.

Fox WFLD anchor sneaks Mike Flannery and Dane Placko walked the Cardinal into the Gay Mafia’s pre-packaged outrage over the route of the Gay Pride parade. Gay activists have staked out Holy Name Cathedral for years, as have the same members of Gay Liberation Network’s Pro Palestinian cadre (Catholic School Girls Against the War) who tossed fake blood on worshipers on Easter Sunday.

Cardinal George inhereited a chancery that had stood watch and protected priests from public scrutiny while they abused little boys and girls. Cardinal Bernardin had been falsely accused of abuse himself, but more of hero himself, by virtue of his gentleness and the kind opinion of the the Chicago media. During Cardinal Bernardin’s tenure Catholic Schools closed, like neighborhood saloons under Richie Daley. Cardinal George stopped the bleeding.

That media tired of the Catholic Church as a the only bastion of certainty over abortion and move to Gay Marriage.

Cardinal George inherited not only the priest abuse scandal, but the network that allowed it. Cardinal George inherited a Media Spiritus Mundi that is hostile to the Catholic Church and all that it defends.

Cardinal Bernardin was a sweet and saintly fellow. Cardinal George is a very sweet guy in the tough role of teacher, pastor and public figure who gets nowhere near a break. Cardinal Bernadin had it made; Cardinal George found himself in an empty foxhole.

Not really. I have not always been happy with decisions the Cardinal makes; he didn’t ask my opinion. Cardinal George acted for millions more than Pat Hickey -D+ Catholic.

Cardinal George will be remembered for being a happy warrior, during very unhappy time for his Church in Chicago. A lesser soul would have gone Postal on the media, his daffy priests, and his whiny flock.

Thanks to Cardinal George whose leadership with the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops confronted the abuse scandal, pushed Catholic Schools, fought the powerful Abortion Industry of Planned Parenthood, stood for the sanctity of marriage, and itegrity of the Church during a time of secularist persecution.

Cardinal Dolan can thank Cardinal George for falling on most of the barbed wire for him. The Cardinal Bernardin part he is handling easily and with aplomb; the Cardinal George part will really test his place in American History.

Personally, I think that Cardinal Tim Dolan will do us all proud. Almost as proud as Francis Cardinal George.

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  • Isa Kocher said:

    so sad and so painful to read so much hate intolerance and defamation. not one word about being a good catholic in a screed of broadsides against opponents of catholics. all of your intolerance only validates why the son of a Dame and Knight of the Sepulchre and Dame and Knight of Malta and friend of Francis Cardinal Spellman, and the catholic hierarchy like myself left the church at the age of 12, 55 years ago. in the real world, people disagree about many things. none of us demand you all stop being catholic. but being catholic in no way includes the forcing of your religious teachings on me. GOD is mercy and love. God is not intolerance, sarcasm, hate, heartlessness. Jesus did not excoriate those who disagreed with Him. He excoriated intolerance, sarcasm, hate and heartlessness. When a Roman [Greek] centurion says I am not worthy that you come under my roof but only say the word and my slave boy with whom I am in love will be healed, Jesus did not say, Hey, we all know why unmarried Roman officers love their slave boys, go away. Jesus healed the slave boy and praised the centurion for his faith. So calling us names [including all of us whose existence you cannot tolerate] is not Christian after the example and teaching of Christ Jesus, or St Paul’s.

    Going and getting your conscience salved by confession verges on sacrilege. We are here to give forgive serve, and a salved conscience after mortal sin is not what love is about. Your mortal sin almost invariably is someone else’s broken life or broken heart or loss of income or loss of health. Christianity is not to do it to others before they do it to you. And confession is not about salved consciousness but repentance change and restitution. You don’t Gringrinch your way through serial broken families and broken lives to Catholicism.

    Your essay puts you in that Santorum trap of everybody is less catholic than me.

    I could offer to give good sound biblical, and church fathers arguments on why the Church doctrines of the Santorums Gringrinchs and yourself are not only bad science, bad history, ersatz doctrine, but inimical to the fundamentals of Jesus’s and the Fathers’ faith and ministry, but you’ll only call me names and belittle me.

    Sad. Sad for all of us and sad for catholics.

    There is so much that could truly be universal about Catholicism, but it starts with kenosis, the fundamental saving act of Jesus who Paul says put aside everything in obedience to serve humanity, not rule it. phillipians 2:7. Jesus bowed in humility as john baptized him. that is how he acted throughout his ministry on earth up until ascension back to heaven. try it.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Cheer Up Isa. You seem tickled to be well quit of us.

    “Oh, keep your Old Church!”

    No, Isa, take it with you.

  • Dan Kelley said:

    Your departure is the Catholicism’s gain. Enjoy yourself with the Unitarians.

    Really. As if you would ever consider casting a ballot for a Republican rather than the “Hope and Change” incumbent.

    Seriously, if you have a half century or so to waste on spin doctoring, try explaining how the Reverend Jeremiah Wright delivered weekly sermons to Barack Obama for over twenty years filled with intolerance, hate and sarcasm and that does not bother you as much as Cardinals Dolan and George.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Brother Kelley,

    I hope that you enjoyed the heart-tugging rendition of Jay Christ and the Centurion’s Slave Boy as much as I did. Short of Judy Garland soundtrack, I could not have been more enchanted.

  • Jim Ridings said:

    I disagree about Bernardin being sweet and saintly. He was a calculating phony, as bad as Pfleger, although he concealed it much better.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    I met the guy, Jim. He was a sweet guy. I am an empiricist. When my wife Mary had her first brain surgury at Loyola in 1995, Cardinal Bernardin was in the room next to her ad they became pals. The Cardinal died a year before Mary. That’s how I roll.

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