Chicago Archdiocese Takes On 156 years of Anti-Catholic bias at the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune became known for its anti-Catholic bias when it frequently ran xenophobic editorials that criticized foreigners and Roman Catholics as long ago as 1853. Apparently not much has changed, as the Chicago Tribune published an editorial on April 3 attacking Cardinal Francis George as being “deeply out of line” for upholding church teaching, and ran on March 31 an opinion piece by Don Wycliff, a former Tribune editor, urging the University of Notre Dame to “stick to their resolve” in defying Catholic bishops. The twist in the Tribune’s 21st Century approach seems to be to enlist dissenting Catholics to be the mouthpiece of the newspaper’s attacks against the church’s teaching authority, such as William Daley’s column on April 3 asserting that Cardinal George’s position on the Notre Dame commencement “continues a worrisome pattern in which the Catholic hierarchy in America is mixing religion with politics.”