Last Sunday was not the first time Cardinal Francis George has challenged the news media.

Last Sunday was not the first time Cardinal Francis George has challenged the news media. Last year, during a homily at a church in Oak Park, George told a troop of accompanying journalists that they reminded him of the government spies who had followed him while he preached many years ago in communist Poland, and he asked the reporters to put away their notebooks and the photographers to leave. But that seemed more an admonition to the journalists to mind their manners than anything else. (“My father’s house is a house of prayer, but you have made it … a press room?”)