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News site uncovers political party affiliations of Chicago bishops, chancery staff

December 22, 2009

An investigation by an independent Chicago Catholic news site has found Democrats and Republicans among the Archdiocese of Chicago’s auxiliary bishops and key members of the chancery staff.

Those who requested Democratic ballots in 2008 included retired Auxiliary Bishop John Gorman, retired Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Lyne, archdiocesan chancellor Jimmy Lago, and Father Raymond Baumhart, SJ. Those who requested Republican ballots included Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Father Daniel Flens (Cardinal George’s secretary), and Father Thomas Baima, vice president and provost of Mundelein Seminary. In addition, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry said that he voted for presidential candidate John McCain in the general election.


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  • Posted by: Haefner - Dec. 22, 2009 5:05 PM ET USA

    B/c an individual has a party affiliation it does not necessarily follow that they will vote under those lines. And since when did it become a scandal for clergy or military to have a party affiliation?

  • Posted by: adamah - Dec. 22, 2009 1:03 PM ET USA

    Rumor has it there may even be Independents as well (gasp!).