12/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Task 'Formidable': Cardinal George

"Chicago's Cardinal Francis George today told America's Roman Catholic bishops that President-elect Barack Obama faces "formidable" odds in serving the good of all," Manya Brachear reports in the Tribune.

"In working for the common good of our society, racial justice is one pillar of our social doctrine," said George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during his annual address to bishops meeting in Baltimore.

"Economic justice, especially for the poor both here and abroad is another.... [But] the common good can never be adequately incarnated in any society when those waiting to be born can be legally killed at choice."