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Milwaukee’s Catholic Herald recently profiled Father George Clements. The following anecdote struck me. How about you?
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Clashes with the cardinal
Then he [Father Clements] said he did something that upset many people. He took down a statue of St. Anthony and replaced it with one of [Martin Luther] King. Soon after, he received a call from the then-archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal John Cody.
“He said, ‘Are you out of your mind? You better take that statue down right now. You’re not going to make some Protestant minister a saint,’” Fr. Clements said.
He added that he argued with Cardinal Cody that King embodied many traits of other Catholic saints.
“I said, ‘I’m not about to take it down. But I want you to know, if you want it down, you send somebody down here to take it down. And when they come out here, I can’t vouch for their safety when they get into the ‘hood,’” Fr. Clements said.