Tag: Chicago Tribune

Life had gotten noisy for me

Just north of the flamingo residence is a beautiful scenic view that looks back south.  Photo by Pam Spano copyright 2019
Recently, Mary Schmich wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune about the passing of Toni Morrison, the poem “Desiderata,” and going to the zoo.  In Mary’s case, that would be the Lincoln Park Zoo.  I smiled when I read the last part because I had just been there a few days before. It’s a 20-25... Read more »

Cardinal George Urges Parishioners to Oppose Gay Marriage

On January 1, Cardinal George issued a letter urging parishioners to contact their legislators and voice opposition to gay marriage.  You can read the short article in the Chicago Tribune here. Though the topic might be a politically touchy subject, opposition to it by Roman Catholic leaders should not be a surprise.  The surprising part... Read more »

Memories of a Teachers Strike

My kids are grown and went to Catholic schools, so the current teachers strike didn’t affect me personally.  But it did bring back a memory of when I was in school. I was in high school and we were heading toward summer vacation.  Strike talks were about the coming fall semester.  Classes were winding down,... Read more »

In the Aftermath of the Colorado Shootings

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” – from today’s Gospel, Mark 6:30-34 Jesus’ words seem like a soft blanket in which to wrap ourselves in after the Colorado shootings. One of my colleagues here at ChicagoNow wrote about the attention heaped on the shooter in this tragedy.  Her article can... Read more »

It's Officially Summer Here in Chicago: The Shootings Have Begun

If you are reading this and you don’t live in Chicago, then you may not have heard about the weekend violence. Looking at the addresses, the violence is all over the city and the age range of the victims is from 16 years old to 50 years old. The 16 year old was sitting on... Read more »

Extra! Extra! Nuns Being Scolded and Reprimanded by Bishops!

Nuns in the news?  Stories of nuns being scolded and reprimanded?  Shouldn’t the nuns be doing the scolding and reprimanding? When I was a kid, I wasn’t Catholic so I had very little contact with women religious (or any religious for that matter).  When I became Catholic the nuns that I knew were different from... Read more »

No One Wanted Her to Marry Him: The Tragedy of the Jennifer Hudson Family Murder

On Monday (April 23), the focus rested squarely on Jennifer Hudson. Dressed all in black and wearing little make-up, the Academy Award-winning actress struggled at times to maintain her composure during a half an hour on the witness stand. Her voice cracked as she described how no one in the family wanted her sister, Julia,... Read more »

One Man's Moral Conscience

“The Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception, sterilization and abortifacients is rooted in the dignity accorded to each human being as a child of God.  The Obama administration’s desire to purge our convictions from the public arena by either forced acquiescence in what we consider grave evils or the threat of penalties, fines and prohibitions to... Read more »

Who's Responsible for Teaching the Faith?

Sunday’s (February 19) Tribune article by Rex W. Huppke entitled Contraception debate neglects Catholics at odds with doctrine has been in the back of my mind since reading it.  But it’s not the part of Catholics being at odds with the Church’s doctrine that struck a chord with me.  It’s Huppke’s statement: “Before my wife and... Read more »

Lord, I'm Not Worthy To Receive You ... Oops I Mean ..

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and... Read more »