In order for you to understand what I am talking about in this article, you have to read a piece that I located on the Cardinal George Fan Club web site.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2006
Matters take a nasty turn in Chicago: an overview.
A very sad occurrance occured today in the Cathedral of Chicago:
A man was arrested for criminal trespass after he reportedly yelled at Cardinal Francis George during a mass Thursday at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, according to police.
Colleen Dolan, communications director for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, said the cardinal told her that the man carried a knife and a sign demanding the cardinal step down, but police said they found no knife or sign.
The incident occurred sometime after 5:15 p.m.
Police said that the man had been warned against entering the church, but that he went inside and created a disturbance. He was charged with criminal trespass, according to Police Officer Hector Alfaro.
According to the cardinal’s version, the man stood up at the rear of the church and began shouting at him.
If I were an older brother or a close friend to Colleen Dolan, communications director for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, I would tell her, “Do not be so quick to trust the information that Cardinal George asks you to release to the public.”
I was present during the mass indicated in the article attached above. In fact, I was in the company of a number of witnesses other than myself, all of whom remember very vividly witnessing this confrontation. The suspect was literally less than 5 feet from us when he engaged the cardinal. I watched the suspect very closely. For a second, I glanced at the cardinal. I will never forget the look of fear on the cardinal’s face during this brief but disturbing interruption. After noticing the look on the cardinal’s face, I immediately refocused my eyes on the suspect, concentrating on his rambling speech.