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It was an assessment that Cardinal George, who died Friday morning at home after a nine year struggle with cancer, would have wholeheartedly endorsed. When he learned that Pope John Paul II had named him as the successor to Chicago’s popular Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the unassuming priest asked in surprise, “Are you sure the Holy Father has considered all the options?”

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“The bishop is to be the source of unity in any archdiocese,” he said the day he was introduced to the city. “The faith isn’t liberal or conservative.”

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He entered Quigley Preparatory Seminary but quickly had to drop out when he contracted polio at age 13. He spent three months in St. canada goose outlet parka Francis Hospital, used crutches for a long time, and for the rest of his life wore a brace on his right leg and walked with a limp.

In 1957, he entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, canadagooseoutleta an apostolic order within the church that focuses on spreading the gospel to the “poorest and most abandoned.” He was ordained a priest in 1963 at St. Pascal Church, the same parish where he had canada goose outlet nyc attended grade school. He earned his doctorate in American philosophy at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1970, and a second doctorate, in ecclesiology, from Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

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“To go back and forth between those two worlds, one of which sometimes leads to agnosticism or even atheism, the other that is firmly planted in living with God, that too was another moment in my development that could have gone either way,” he told the Chicago Sun Times. “In some ways you can imagine yourself living a life without faith if you do philosophy seriously, at least modern philosophy. So that was another moment when I had to reassert for myself that yes, I do believe. 1974 to 1986, he was vicar general of the oblates in Rome (“oblation” is a term for blessing). He was fluent in Italian and also spoke some Spanish. Then he served for six years as bishop of Yakima, a mid sized city in central Washington State.

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He briefly served in Portland, Oregon, immediately before being named archbishop of Chicago in April 1997.

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He was ordained as the city cardinal on Jan. 18, 1998.

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