| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column So tell Uncle Chester: Don't worry, gay people don't want to marry you. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign into law a bill that will legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois starting next June. Chicago's......
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:49 PM
Pope Francis has released an “apostolic exhortation” that revisits some by now familiar themes of his pontificate. One is the need for a church that is “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets.” Another is...
| Aug 9, 2013
By any standard Pope Francis' Brazil trip was a great success. Enthusiastic crowds clogged the routes of the papal motorcade and reportedly more than a million people were present for the pope's final Mass on Copacabana beach. The media no less than...
| Aug 4, 2013
Last week, Pope Francis loosed a media tsunami by dropping a pebble of sanity into an ocean of religious angst. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?" he told reporters on the flight back to Rome after his...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:06 PM
Another person has come forward saying he was fondled by Daniel McCormack, the former Roman Catholic priest who was convicted of sexually abusing boys at his West Side parish.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, an unidentified...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Pope Francis is everyone's man of the year, so if you're a critic of President Obama you might want to try to portray the president as anti-pope. It sounds crazy, but that's exactly what two former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican try to do in a bizarre...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 5:45 PM
When the Vatican censured an organization representing thousands of American nuns, it did so in part because the group had not spoken out enough against gay marriage and abortion.
The Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 9:52 AM
Today we have a special Christmas edition of the Pictures in the News with traditional and off-beat celebrations from around the globe....
| Dec 31, 2013
| 9:20 AM
There’s a whiff of publicity stunt about Esquire magazine’s decision to name Pope Francis its “Best Dressed Man of 2013.” But the magazine’s editors are pretty astute in recognizing that the pope’s “black shoes...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Among the fastest-growing groups in society were the nones – those indifferent to religion entirely. Especially among the young, Christians became increasingly identified with harsh judgments, acrid fundamentalism, the smug bromides of the...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 4:47 PM
ROME — Eight months into his headline-grabbing papacy, Pope Francis issued a wide-ranging manifesto Tuesday in which he sharply criticizes the excesses of capitalism and says he wants a decentralized Roman Catholic Church that is "bruised, hurting...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 2:30 PM
For all his humble charm, Pope Francis has been getting under the thin skin of some rich members of his flock.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked, the rich are different from you and me. They expect deference and coddling, especially for their charitable...