Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago

Jesse Terrazas, dressed as Santa Claus, will be hanging out on the roof of St. Florian School in Hegewisch, until the school raises $55,000 needed to stay open next year. (Credit: St. Florian School)

Santa Helping South Side Catholic School Raise Money To Stay Open

St. Florian School at 13110 S. Baltimore Av. needs to raise more than $50,000 to avoid being closed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

12/08/2014

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich leaves the alter following his Installation Mass of at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Cupich To Visit Ethnic Parishes As He Takes Reins Of Chicago Archdiocese

On Sunday, Cupich will lead mass at St. Agatha Parish, a predominantly black parish in the Lawndale neighborhood. That’s the church where former priest Daniel McCormack sexually abused several boys.

11/20/2014

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich leaves the alter following his Installation Mass of at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Cupich Invites Catholics To Escape Their Comfort Zone

Archbishop Cupich made those in the congregation laugh hard several times, in which he said, “Seriously folks. I don’t do walking on water. I can barely swim.” But he had a serious message for Chicago-area Catholics: get out of your comfort zone, and be daring and bold when doing God’s work.

11/19/2014

Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cupich Knocking On The Door As Next Cardinal In Chicago

Blase Cupich becomes only the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. He said his predecessors have been “wonderful people for many generations.”

11/17/2014

Attorneys Marc Pearlman (L) and Jeff Anderson represent alleged victims of abuse. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Lawyers Representing Abuse Victims Claim Archdiocese Excluded Them From Process In Document Release

Five days after the Chicago Roman Catholic Archdiocese released more documents related to allegations of abuse by priests, lawyers representing past victims say the archdiocese has excluded a lot.

11/11/2014

Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich (R) greets Francis Cardinal George during a press conference on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Washington, will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the 9th archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cardinal George “Cleaning The Slate” For Cupich Before Retirement

Less than two weeks until Cardinal Francis George retires as archbishop of Chicago and makes way for Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich, George said the transition is well-underway.

11/06/2014

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Archdiocese Releases Thousands Of Pages Of Priest Sex Abuse Files

It will be the second time this year the church has made public secret files regarding substantiated allegations of sex abuse by clergy.

11/06/2014

Cardinal Francis George talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Catholic Archdiocese To Close Or Consolidate Schools

Cardinal Francis George on Wednesday said, as he wraps up his remaining three weeks as the Catholic Archbishop in Chicago, he’ll finalize plans to close and consolidate some Catholic schools with low enrollment.

10/29/2014

7th graders at Christ The King School in Chicago take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Credit: Facebook)

Archdiocese Cautions Catholic Schools About Taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Chicago Catholic archdiocese is throwing a little cold water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon that is dominating social media lately.

08/21/2014

Our Lady of Victory School drew inspiration from the Blues Brothers and Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones in its effort to raise $400,000 in two weeks -- and $400,000 a year going forward -- to stay open. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

North Side Catholic School Starts New School Year After Facing Possible Closure

Students were back in the classrooms Tuesday at Our Lady of Victory School in Portage Park, after facing closure by the Catholic Archdiocese earlier this year, unless it came up with hundreds of thousands of dollars.

08/19/2014

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Priest Reinstated After Sex Abuse Allegation Deemed Unfounded

The Rev. Michael W. O’Connell will resume his role as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish on Thursday, according to a statement from Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Susan Burritt.

04/15/2014

Cardinal Francis George delivers a lecture at McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame on March 6, 2014. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

More Chemotherapy As Cancer Returns For Cardinal George

Cardinal Francis George will undergo a new round of chemotherapy, after his doctors found fresh signs of cancer surrounding his right kidney.

03/07/2014

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Third Catholic School Granted Reprieve From Closure

After being pegged for closure last January, St. Florian School, 13110 S. Baltimore Ave., will remain open for the foreseeable future with a combination of tuition increases, greater outside support and increased oversight and governance.

03/03/2014

Former Catholic priest Daniel McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to several counts of sexually abusing children, and later was sentenced to 5 years in prison. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Three More Accuse Former Priest McCormack Of Sex Abuse

The three men all alleged that the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George were all negligent in the hiring and retention of former priest Daniel McCormack.

02/19/2014

Former Boy Scout leader Thomas Hacker (left) and former priest Norbert Maday (right) are accused of molesting boys at an Oak Lawn church in the 1970s. Both men have been convicted of other cases of sexual assault of children. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections/Wisconsin Department of Corrections)

Suit Accuses Former Priest, Ex-Scout Leader Of Molesting Boys

It didn’t take long for the Chicago Archdiocese’s release of confidential files on pedophile priests to lead to a new lawsuit, this one accusing a former priest and a former boy scout leader of molesting boys at the same church in the 1970s.

01/23/2014

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Files Show Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades Of Child Sex Abuse

While disturbing stories of clergy sexual abuse have wrenched the Roman Catholic Church across the globe, the newly released documents offer the broadest look yet into how one of its largest and most prominent American dioceses responded to the scandal.

01/21/2014

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Archdiocese Releasing 6,000 Pages Of Sex Abuse Documents On Chicago Clergy

The Archdiocese of Chicago said Wednesday it will release 6,000 pages of documents detailing what it knows about decades of clergy sex abuse allegations and how it handled them, calling it an effort to “bring healing to the victims and their families.”

01/15/2014

Our Lady of Victory School drew inspiration from the Blues Brothers and Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones in its effort to raise $400,000 in two weeks -- and $400,000 a year going forward -- to stay open. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Catholic School’s ‘Mission From God': Raise $400K In Two Weeks To Stay Open

A Catholic elementary school in Portage Park is “on a mission from God,” hoping to make a miracle happen so it can avoid being shut down by the Archdiocese.

01/10/2014

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More Chicago Catholic Schools Set To Close

WBBM Newsradio has learned the Archdiocese in Chicago is about to start notifying some schools that they’re going to be closing.

01/09/2014

Darryl McArthur has accused former priest Daniel McArthur of sexually abusing him in the 1990s at St. Ailbe Parish, and he said the Chicago Archdiocese knew at the time McCormack was an abuser. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Archdiocese Hit With Another Sex Abuse Suit Over Ex-Priest McCormack

Unlike many other lawsuits filed against the Chicago Archdiocese by men who said they’ve been abused by priests, there is a name attached to this suit.

12/11/2013

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