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The now-closed Church of the Advent, 2900 W. Logan Blvd., in Logan Square.

As religious congregations shrink, churches all over the city are being shuttered and converted into luxury residences. But not everyone is happy with the results. 

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The Rev. John Smyth has been removed from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s ministry while it investigates accusations of sexual abuse against the longtime priest. 

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Loyola University Chicago (hearkencreative / Flickr)

With current enrollment of just 20 students and a small incoming class projected, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced it will close St. Joseph College Seminary. 

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In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis, right, salutes Chicago Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP File Photo)

Pope Francis is encouraging U.S. bishops meeting near Chicago to unify as the Roman Catholic church deals with a “crisis of credibility” stemming from the clergy sex abuse scandal.

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A sign outside the Mundelein Seminary asks the faithful to pray for U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops gathering there for a weeklong prayer retreat, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Mundelein, Illinois. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

Activists call on Pope Francis to remove Cardinal Blase Cupich from his role in organizing a Vatican conference on sex abuse. We discuss the story with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Robert Herguth.

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Rabbi Seth Limmer appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Rabbi Seth Limmer joins us to discuss “Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: Our Jewish Obligation to Social Justice.”

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Archbishop Blase Cupich (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP File Photo / Pool)

Cardinal Blase Cupich expressed regret for “our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse” in a statement responding to the attorney general's report.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying, “The preliminary stages of this investigation have already demonstrated that the Catholic Church cannot police itself.” 

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Cardinal Blase Cupich appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 1, 2018.

The Catholic Church is struggling to deal with worldwide sex abuse scandals. And within its own walls, the church seems to be at war with itself.

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St. Benedict The Moor Church in Pittsburgh, one of six Roman Catholic dioceses that was the focus of two-year grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania. (Trevin Shirey / Flickr)

Local reaction to a stunning two-year grand jury investigation that details alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 individuals by 300 “predator priests” – and a cover-up by church officials.

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Bill Hybels (Willow Creek D/CH / Flickr)

Willow Creek Community Church, based in South Barrington, is undergoing a seismic shift. Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear Pashman joins us with the latest.

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The new book “Why We Need Religion” argues that people need religion, but not for spiritual reasons. We discuss the power and purpose can religion can have with author Stephen T. Asma.

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(Courtesy Mohammed Al Samawi)

A refugee’s harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen is also a remarkable story of interfaith cooperation.  

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Bill Hybels (Willow Creek D/CH / Flickr)

What’s behind the resignation of Willow Creek mega-church leader Bill Hybels? A discussion with Chicago Tribune reporter Manya Brachear Pashman.

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Metropolitan Nathanael Symeonides

The Greek Orthodox faithful of Chicago have a new leader. Metropolitan Nathanael Symeonides was enthroned on March 24 and is only the second in this region.

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From celebrity to corporate life, a new book explores how our culture is shaped by religious traditions.

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