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Ebert and the Church

FILE - This April 2 2013 file phoshows former Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clintaddressing Vital Voices Global Partnership 2013 Global

FILE - This April 2, 2013, file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressing the Vital Voices Global Partnership 2013 Global Leadership Awards gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Clinton is getting plenty of encouragement to run for president in 2016. Her re-emergence this past week after a two-month break brought out cheering supporters when she gave speeches focused on the issues of women and girls around the world. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

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Updated: May 13, 2013 6:26AM

I’m just curious. Would an ordinary, church-going, collection-contributing, faithful Catholic be given a funeral mass from Holy Name Cathedral? I ask in light of Monday’s mass there for self-described agnostic Roger Ebert. He has written that he did not believe in an afterlife, nor did he adhere to Catholic doctrine. Yet, there he was, front and center in Holy Name Cathedral, surrounded by the rituals and prayers of a church in which he didn’t even believe.

As a practicing Catholic, it was a sickening, almost blasphemous, sight to see. I guess Cardinal Francis George was afraid he’d be cut from the trendy Gold Coast parties if he denied this. It’s no wonder the Church is in such turmoil, considering how it coddles its enemies and treats its faithful.

Christopher Dluhy, Mount Greenwood

Parking tax pain

Congratulations are in order for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and our City Council for passing the new parking tax. We’ll now pay more for a day of parking at Midway than for a flight.

Jim Mullins, Oak Brook


Jack Higgins’ cartoon of the over excited, psychopathic media making a fuss of Hillary Clinton’s hair was so great I almost died laughing. Everyday when we turn on our TVs to get a dose of what’s going in the world, we have to weed through totally pointless noise over matters that are so stupid it boggles the mind. I thought I was the only one who noticed, but I guess I was wrong.

Pat Kennedy, Mount Greenwood

Obama betrays the poor

I am totally disgusted with President Barack Obama’s betrayal of the poor, the elderly and disenfranchised through his proposed change in the consumer price index formula for Social Security. The re-calculated number will not keep up with inflation for necessities such as food and health care. Seniors, the permanently disabled (veterans among them) and orphans will suffer drastically. In light of his total capitulation to bankers, big business and Republicans, to refer to the president as a liberal is to call Justin Bieber a brain surgeon.

Edward Juillard, West Beverly

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