Analysis: Making sense of the Vatican’s request for the USCCB to delay vote on abuse measures

The Holy See has asked the U.S. Catholic bishops to delay voting on accountability procedures for bishops over how they handle abuse cases, along with proposals for a lay commission to investigate cases of episcopal misconduct.


Vatican asks USCCB to delay votes on sex abuse response proposals

At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis.


The early days of Chicago and the Catholic Church

Chicago Catholics were “present at the creation” of their Midwestern boomtown. In 1833, the same year that the community on Lake Michigan incorporated as a town, a group of French, Irish and British Catholics organized St. Mary’s parish.


175th anniversary: Old St. Mary’s, the archdiocese’s first parish

In April 1833, Chicago wasn’t much more than a small frontier settlement, a collection of houses and commercial buildings surrounding Fort Dearborn. It was not yet a town, let alone a city.


175th anniversary: Meet the archdiocese’s oldest living priest

Father George McKenna was born less than a year after the end of World War I. He was ordained a priest a month before D-Day. He had been, officially, retired for 13 years when 9/11 happened, but he was still the volunteer chaplain at Midway International Airport.