Locals were waiting to see how Cardinal Francis George would respond to Pope Francis' magazine interview last week. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Responding to Pope Francis’ comments last week suggesting a shift in the Catholic Church’s tone regarding gays, abortion and contraception, Cardinal Francis George signaled Sunday that the Archdiocese of Chicago doesn’t plan any policy changes.
Last Thursday, the pope said in an interview that the church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing the divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.
“I think we should take it to heart as a reflection piece because that’s what it was,” George said Sunday after presiding over a Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. “We’ll see as we go along to not change policy but to change pastoral approach.”"