As a former priest of the Chicago Archdiocese trained in the Second Vatican teachings and process, I am so embarrassed to hear Cardinal George speak on social issues of the day. His constant "correcting" or "admonishment" of those who take hope and promise in the recent statements of Pope Francis never ceases to amaze me. No wonder when he first came to the archdiocese the cardinal was called Francis the Corrector.
According to Jesuit educational tradition, in which I and my classmates were also taught, Pope Francis is helping people to think for themselves rather than telling people what to think—how refreshing after two papacies of “papal pelvic preoccupation” and doom and gloom theology.
Hearing Cardinal George and other hierarchy of his ilk, I am reminded of the interchange comedian W.C. Fields reported he had with a priest in his day. The priest approached Fields and shook his hand and said something to the effect: "I just want to thank you for all the joy you’ve put into this world.” Fields retorted: "And I want to thank you for all the joy you have taken out of this world."
Cardinal George, it's time to exit the stage. Your Church's "fat lady" has sung.
— Charles Schutt, former parish priest in Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago