Catholics Reflect On Cardinal George’s Potential Retirement

CHICAGO (CBS)Father Michael Pfleger says he’s been asked to move by Francis Cardinal George. But now it’s Cardinal George’s future that may be in question.

The Chicago Tribune says he’s about to reach that age when cardinals tender their resignations.

Cardinal George did not speak to the media following the Chicago Catholic Men’s conference in Oak Brook Saturday, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports. But some of the men in attendance shared their thoughts about the cardinal and what the Chicago Archdiocese would be like, without him at the helm.

“No one controls God. You come to God on his terms — not on your own,” George said as part of his message in the western suburbs. “Nobody gets everything that he or she might want in the Catholic church, including the Archbishop. Welcome to the Catholic Church.”

In January, the cardinal will turn 75. It’s at that age when cardinals must submit their resignations to the Pope in Rome.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports

Published reports say while the Cardinal expects to stay in his role for years to come, the milestone has made him think of what could be next.  The same could be said for his faithful.

“There’s always some options that can play out, and we may not accept that resignation,” conference attendee Patrick Delaney said. “But beyond that, he’ll always be close to our hearts as all the cardinals have been.”

“We’ve had different cardinals, and we take something different from each one of them. Cardinal George has been very good,” Oscar Griffin said.

Marcial Gomez of Chicago also says he can’t even envision the Cardinal slowing down. Gomez says he constantly sees the cardinal at events involving the Polish and Latino communities and feels his outreach to all ethnic communities has been tremendous.

  • eddie

    blah, blah, blah

    • Tony

      You spelled “Blah” correctly, you ignoramus.

  • JACK

    As with everything, it is certainly time for a change.



    • Mike Loughney

      I suppose you’re right, thanks to their dedicated and prayerful commitment to service. But you too can aspire to be closer to God by following their good example.

  • linda

    I never found him to be personal. No one will ever fill the shoes of our beloved Cardinal Bernidine RIP

  • Linda Miller

    No one was ever trying to fill the shoes of Cardianl Bernadine. We are all unique in our own ways. GOD made us that way.

    I am very happy with all the work Cardinal George has done for all catholics in Cook and Lake County. He has done a great job and I hope he is here for many more years.

  • streamwood bill

    This guy needs to just go away, The church is so bankrupt with backward thinking men and policies. Former Catholic here,

    • toni d

      You are welcome back anytime.

  • Eric

    If people think this man is conservative, just wait we will get someone even more conservative and narrow in his thinking….its getting worse, not better with the hierarchy.

  • Dan Brandt

    Change is difficult, but can be good. Cardinal George has been an inspirational leader to millions and millions for a decade and a half. Kudos to him and the Church of Chicago, which in addition to teaching young people and saving souls, is the largest social service agency in the state (providing more care for marginalized people of al faiths and backgrounds than even the state itself!)

  • hiroshi

    We all hope he does not retire yet. He is such a wonderful pastor and cardinal that we will certainly miss him a lot.
    Who will be the next cardinal then?
    Does snyone kn ow?

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