Cardinal George asks church to begin process of choosing his successor

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Francis Cardinal George reveals on Friday the process of finding  a successor is underway as he battles his latest round against cancer.

The Cardinal says he will offer recommendations for a replacement. He says this is the fair thing to do on behalf of his parishioners, since he has to spend so much time away from his job for medical treatment.

“The fact that my health is uncertain, it isn’t just a question of imminent death, I’m not going to be dying, I don’t think, in the next few months. But it’s a question of being able to spend your entire energy on what is my responsibility as Archbishop of Chicago. This is a position that demands a lot of constant attention,” the cardinal at a news conference Friday at the Archbishop Quigley Center.

“It’s a confidential process. But for something like this, he will ask a lot of people. Then of course, he assembles finally, looking at all of that, a resume of what he feels are the challenges. Then he presents to the Tirana a list of three names to the Congregation of Bishops in Rome headed by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, and then they have a plenarium every two weeks for all the appointments and including this one at some point, somewhere down the line, some months from now probably, they will have Chicago on the list and they will go through all that information,” the Cardinal added.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes helped publish this report.

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