Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, gave the Gardner Lecture in Moral Theology: “Human Rights and Religious Freedom” to a packed house at the Bartlett Pastoral Center on the Athenaeum of Ohio campus on April 24, 2013.
Cardinal George is the first Chicago native to become Archbishop of Chicago. Installed in May 1997, he arrived after spending less than a year as Archbishop of Portland, Ore. and five years as Bishop of Yakima, Wash. He is the thirteenth Ordinary of Chicago since its establishment as a diocese in 1843. Cardinal George is also a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and is the sixth Cardinal to lead the Chicago Archdiocese's 2.3 million Catholics. He has assumed a prominent position among United States bishops, serving as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010. His pastoral leadership encompasses international and national audiences.