I think that education is a pathway out of poverty for many people. It was for our family.

For me, the real goal is how do we make vibrant and vital faith communities that are sustainable for the long run.

Once kids begin to realize that they are connected to a greater good and greater whole, then that will lessen the possibility that they will act out violently because it creates empathy.

We are an immigrant nation.

Getting to know people as they are is very, very important.

Our schools must be places where all are respected and the values of tolerance and peacemaking are taught and nurtured.

I grew up in a family of nine children, and I know there has to be a back and forth and a listening.

We are a democracy, and we get the leaders we deserve because we elect them.

Realities are greater than ideas. Because sometimes ideas can separate us unnecessarily. So let's attend to the realities that we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. That's what I want to do.

We have always wanted to make sure that we start the conversation by saying that all people are of value and their lives should be respected and that we should respect them.

The church can challenge society, but society also challenges the church. That's good. We should be humble enough to be able to accept that.

I would say that every pope has had people within his administration who have had difficulties one way or another with his administration.

We are a people who have learned repeatedly throughout our history that economic distress can help us to appreciate that there are other ways to be rich that are not financial or even material.

Radical individualism can be very sad.

Ultimately, it is only the witness who convinces people, not the teacher.

Once we begin to make our churches safety zones in a military-style approach, we're going to lose something of the character of our places of worship.

Schooling people in the ways of ongoing discernment produces a greater receptivity to the tradition of the church and at the same time creates the freedom that will make them more responsive to the will of God throughout their lives.

The open and generous nature of the American people has the capacity to astonish and push boundaries. We crowdfund, sign petitions, dump buckets of ice on ourselves, and embrace new ways of relating to our environment.

I always tell myself... that the faith I have is a gift, so I shouldn't take that for granted. And so when people are struggling and feel they have no faith at all, I shouldn't say, 'Well, it's their fault.'

I did my doctoral dissertation on the lectionary readings that we use at mass and how you have biblical texts that have been taken out of their original Bible context and put together for mass, and now they form a new text. Out of that new text, there is an interplay of new meaning.

Just as Cardinal Bernardin proposed that an of ethic of life be consistently applied to unite all the life issues, we need in our day to mine the church's social teaching on solidarity.

We have to become involved in the political process - if we don't like it, we can change it.

We have to learn. We have to listen to where people are. We have to listen to where the Spirit is working in the lives of people.

I am never bored in my ministry because I continually see the impact of God in people's lives.

People are looking for a way in which their spiritual life can be deepened. They are finding it in some of our Catholic parishes and sometimes not in others, and that opens the door for them to go elsewhere.

This business of demonizing or pre-defining people by the way they look, the religion that they practice, or where they came from is not only un-American but it's going to hurt America.

The long arc of history that recounts the Catholic Church's embrace of people of all faiths and none in providing health, education, and welfare in society is as incontestable as it is impressive.

Our people's faith is strong and sustains them even in times of challenge.

I try to be sensitive to the power of language, to the power of language that God uses to reveal something about what Christ is doing in our time. That is why I'm always excited about preaching, because there is always something new.

Racism is a sin and has no place in the church, including the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The existence of slavery cast the shadow of hypocrisy over the otherwise noble proclamation of the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our Declaration of Independence.

The Catholic Church is an enormous footprint in Chicago, doing a lot of good. That aspiration is felt by a lot of people - that the church succeed - because it will be good for society.

If we create a framework for decision-making that is biased toward life, supportive of families, and fair to people of all circumstances, our policies, legislation, and commercial decisions will be vastly different.

Voting for a candidate solely because of that candidate's support for abortion or against him or her solely on the basis of his or her race is to promote an intrinsic evil. To do so consciously is indeed sinful. That is behavior incompatible with being a Christian.

Once a bishop is appointed, in terms of governance, we are semi-autonomous. It's not like we are branch managers of a bank or something.

We Catholics have been in the forefront in defending the dignity of the human person. Clericalism is a direct violation of human dignity.

It's important for people to give every leader the chance to step forward and look for ways to have dialogue.

Bishops need to resist the defensiveness that institutions often fall back on in crisis moments.

People should be called the way that they want to be called rather than us coming up with terms that maybe we're more comfortable with.

The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It's also a time of forgiveness of sins, so my hope would be that grace would be instrumental in bringing people to the truth.

The state and its leaders have not only a responsibility but also a vested interest in defending the sacredness and value of every human life.

In the 40 years that I've been a priest and the 17 as a bishop, I have experienced people coming at things in a different way. That's the way adults are, that's the way the world is, and that's OK.

The nation's children, families, poor, workers, and senior citizens deserve more than lip service. They deserve more than outrage. They deserve real support, protection, and solid action.

We want to let people know that we can build solidarity with suffering folks so that they are not excluded, they are integrated.

Some of the greatest Christians I know are people who don't actually have a kind of faith system that they believe in. But, in their activity, the way they conduct themselves, there's a goodness there.

There is a temptation to have shortcuts and not put in the time and the effort. I think you have to be willing to talk to people and sit sometimes around a table and listen to other people.

Here are the ingredients of a tragedy: untreated mental illness, a society where life is cheap and crime is glamorized, and a ready supply of firearms.

I believe the assertion that every human life has an inherent and inalienable value will only be strengthened if we apply this principle to the morality of defending both convicted criminals and the lives of the unborn.

Those who do not think religious organizations should have an opinion on climate change misunderstand the former and the moral dimension of the latter.