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Card. GeorgeIt was with great sadness that this blogger learned of the passing of Francis Cardinal George OMI. As a life long Chicagoan, not to mention a product of the city’s Catholic school system (K through B.Sc.), I still vividly remember the dark days of the Catholic Church in Chicago, the period between the passing of John Cardinal Cody and the appointment of Cardinal George.

With respect to the man himself, I consider Cardinal George a man of good will and an exemplary transitional figure that guided the Catholic Church in Chicago and in the United States from the post-conciliar “neo-modernist theology of death” back onto the road of the ONE TRUE FAITH, the FAITH that was given by Our Lord to His apostles and handed down through the generation of Faithful. In another era, Cardinal George would have been a GREAT CARDINAL. Having said that, I think posterity will be much more merciful to both his memory and his legacy, than is current “public opinion” within the faithful Catholic community.

One quick example of that which is written above, is the statement of Cardinal George’s that stands out for its prophetic prescience and clarity of thought and will no doubt serve as the good cardinal’s epitaph, namely:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

This statement above perfectly describes the situation that the Faithful find themselves in at the onset of the XXI century Anno Domini. Furthermore, it is exactly this thought that should be first and foremost on the minds of all men of good will, men who understand the transitory nature of their earthly existence, men who are working out their salvation in fear and trembling.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine,

et lux perpetua luceat ei.

Requiescat in pace.