Cardinal George Remains Hospitalized
Doctors Rule out Stroke for George

By Michelle Gallardo
ABC 7 [Chicago IL]
January 27, 2006

January 27, 2006 - Cardinal Francis George will undergo tests at a suburban hospital after being admitted Thursday morning. He is expected to be released soon. Initial tests ruled out a stroke.

Cardinal George checked himself into the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood as a precautionary measure, said a church spokeswoman. Colleen Dolan said the cardinal has complained of light-headedness, ringing in his ears and not being able to focus for a few weeks. He decided to set up an appointment with his doctor when he returned from a trip abroad.

"He seems to be doing very, very well," said Colleen Dolan, Archdiocese of Chicago. "Yesterday morning he was feeling worse. I know it's been said 'dizzy, lightheaded.' But whatever it was, it was significantly more debilitating yesterday morning."

Tests run to see if Cardinal George suffered a stroke came back negative. He could be released as early as Friday, said Dolan, who aslo said the cardinal was looking forward to getting home.

Cardinal George had recently returned from a trip to Thailand, New Zealand and Rome. When he got back to Chicago, the cardinal faced a firestorm of criticism surrounded the Archdiocese's handling of Father Daniel McCormack, a 37-year-old priest accused of sexual abusing to two boys.

"I feel we really have to question what Cardinal George is thinking," said Barbara Blaine, SNAP.

Cardinal George issued a statement in response, saying in part, "It seems morally wrong to insist that anyone should be punished on the basis of a story that could not be investigated. If this were the practice, no one would be safe." Shortly after the archdiocese released that statement, the cardinal came to Loyola to see his doctor.


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