Religion: I Am Just a Symbol

'I am Just a Symbol"

Since his installation nearly three months ago, Archbishop Joseph Bernardin has barnstormed his new archdiocese, the largest in the nation. He has called on Polish parishioners in the blue-collar suburb of Cicero, conducted a prayer service in honor of the city's Hispanics, mingled with crowds at an ethnic-heritage Mass and family picnic in Grant Park and appeared in full ecclesiastical garb to bless Catholic charismatics. He has alternately pressed the flesh of the faithful and turned a sympathetic ear to complaints about parochial-school funds and church closings. However distressing...

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