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Cardinal George Meets With Music Director Fired After Revealing Same-Sex Marriage Plans

Francis Cardinal George and a suburban music director met Tuesday and they talked about the director’s decision to marry another man.

09/09/2014

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)

Catholic Church Begins Process To Replace Cardinal George

The process to replace Francis Cardinal George has begun, and Pope Francis is expected to name the successor late this year.

05/22/2014

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Discusses Church’s Future, Stays Quiet On His Own

The leader of the Catholic Church in Chicago, Francis Cardinal George discussed changes he sees on the horizon under Pope Francis, who is expected to name the Cardinal’s replacement this year.

02/08/2014

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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

Holy Name Cathedral

Former Holy Name Pastor To Be Honored For Decades Of Service

A longtime Catholic leader in Chicago will be honored this weekend for his decades of service to the church.

04/11/2013

Newly elected Pope Francis. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Pope Francis: Cardinal Bergoglio Chosen To Lead Catholic Church

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been chosen as the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, taking the name Pope Francis 1

03/13/2013

Demonstrators use pink smoke outside Holy Name Cathedral on March 13, 2013, to protest the lack of female inclusion in Catholic Church leadership, as cardinals vote on a new pope. (Credit: Mike Krauer/WBBM)

Protesters Use Pink Smoke To Protest Lack Of Women In Catholic Leadership

As cardinals meet in Rome to elect a new Pope, Catholic women have been staging protests at the Vatican and around the U.S. to illustrate the lack of female inclusion in the Church’s hierarchy.

03/13/2013

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square during his final general audience on February 27, 2013 (Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Sources: Conclave To Elect New Pope Likely To Begin March 11

The conclave to elect a new pope to lead the Catholic Church will likely begin on March 11, sources tell CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

03/06/2013

Cardinals arrive at the Paul VI hall for the opening of the Cardinals' Congregations on March 4, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The congregations of cardinals will continue until all cardinal electors have arrived in Rome, whereupon the College will decide on the start-date of the Conclave to elect a new Pope.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Cardinal George: Unclear When Papal Conclave Will Begin

Roman Catholic cardinals held their first meeting Monday ahead of electing a new pope, but Cardinal Francis George said it’s still not clear when the conclave will begin.

03/04/2013

People crowd the gallery on top of St Peter's Basilica as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as  Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Catholics Offer Benedict Prayers As He Officially Steps Down

Pope Benedict XVI ended his eight-year pontificate of the Catholic Church on Thursday, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

02/28/2013

Catholic Pharmacist Wins Court Battle Over Morning After Pill

The attorney general’s office cited conscientious convictions in refusing to fill prescriptions for the so-called “morning after” pill.

12/15/2012

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Opinion: Churches Shouldn’t Be The Next Super PACs

It is time to end the tax exempt status of religious organizations that advocated for a partisan candidate.

11/13/2012

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Pastor Of Evergreen Park Church Resigns Amid Sex Abuse Claim

The pastor at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Evergreen Park has resigned, and the Archdiocese of Chicago has removed him from public ministry.

09/25/2012

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Priest On Leave While Joliet Diocese Looks Into Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Joliet says it is likely that a priest in the diocese engaged in the sexual abuse of a minor more than two decades ago. While the diocese looks further into the allegation, the priest has been placed on administrative leave.

08/30/2012

Gay Pride Parade, 2008

Church Objects To New Route For Pride Parade

A Catholic church in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood is objecting to the proposed new route of the Gay Pride Parade.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

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Church’s Sex Abuse Reforms Denounced As ‘Minor’

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is denouncing plans by Roman Catholic bishops to update sex abuse guidelines, saying the update is nothing more than a public relations move.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2011

Rev. Michael Pfleger

Cardinal George Suspends Father Pfleger At St. Sabina’s

Cardinal George on Wednesday suspended Father Michael Pfleger as pastor at St. Sabina’s, expressing frustration at Pfleger’s ongoing public statements regarding his tenuous future in the Chicago Archdiocese.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2011

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Former Priest Living In Aurora Sued Over Alleged Abuse

A priest from the Aurora-based Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, who had gained some celebrity as the chaplain for the Indianapolis 500, was quietly removed from the priesthood last December when allegations arose that he was a pedophile.

04/15/2011

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Pfleger Talking About Leaving Catholic Church

The Rev. Michael Pfleger is renewing a threat to leave the Catholic Church if forced out of his pastorship at St. Sabina Church.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011