Yesterday, I began my review of Timothy Neary's wonderful book
Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in
Chicago, 1914-1954. Having examined the early years of interracial
tensions and even hostilities, the book turns to its hero, Auxiliary
Bishop Bernard Sheil of Chicago.
Sheil was from a "financially secure family," which Neary notes
"removed from the Sheil family many of the economic excuses for
bigotry common among ethnic and racial groups competing for economic