Millions concerned for George as he urges talks about his successor
Some Catholics will pray with Cardinal Francis George on Sunday.
Many more will be praying for him.
Cardinal George is putting up a brave fight as he battles cancer and goes through chemotherapy sessions again.
The 77-year-old George was able to keep his speaking engagement at St. Xavier University on April 8 and told that audience that he plans on participating in Holy Week services and plans on presiding at Easter Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
On the down side, he is not able to take a trip to Rome for the important canonization ceremony of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, which takes place April 27.
“They spelled out the dangers,” George said at SXU. “I can’t risk another infection. It would be very foolish to go over there.”
And it might be time to start thinking of a replacement.
It’s hard for people to talk about this subject but Cardinal George’s run will end. Whether it’s in weeks, months or longer it is going to happen and the more than two million Catholics that he represents are likely wondering who takes over when he steps down.
George told the SXU audience that the process of selecting his successor has not started yet but three days later in a meeting with reporters he said the process should begin soon because “It’s not fair to the archdiocese to have someone who may not be able to do the job the way it should be done.’’
The speculation is that a man from Louisville could be coming to town to take the job when it becomes available.
Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is