Cardinal Francis George


Cardinal Francis George

Age: 77

Occupation: Archbishop of Chicago

Vatican watchers are in a tizzy trying to guess whom Pope Francis will name to succeed Chicago’s conservative cardinal (insiders say a decision is due by the end of 2014). In December, George celebrated a high point—his 50th anniversary in the priesthood—surrounded by six cardinals, 90 bishops, and 200 priests. The glow faded weeks later when the church released, under court order, historical documents detailing sex abuse by 30 area priests.

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