CHICAGO (CBS) — Cardinal Francis George said he’s asked the Roman Catholic Church to begin searching for his successor as archbishop of Chicago, because of his ongoing treatment for cancer.
“The fact that my health is uncertain; it isn’t just a question of imminent death. I’m not going to be dying, I don’t think, in the next few months; but it’s a question of being able to spend your entire energy on what is my responsibility as archbishop of Chicago,” the cardinal said Friday morning, as he discussed the upcoming canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
He said chemotherapy saps the energy he needs to do his job as head of the Chicago archdiocese.
“It’s something you have to pay attention to full-time, and now it looks as though I’m going to have to be spending a little more attention on my health,” he said. “So it’s just not fair to the Archdiocese to have someone who may not be able to do the job as well as I believe it should be done.”