John J. Egan, R.I.P.

Studs Terkel once said of Monsignor John J. Egan, for over forty years a field commander in battles for social justice: "He never met a picket line he didn’t like." The Chicago Tribune once editorialized, "The man is a bit like flypaper: Touch him once and you are captured."

Ever since this eighty-four-year-old, bantam-sized giant of American Catholicism died on May 19, at home in the rectory of Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral,...

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