January 20, 2021
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Deacon Gregory Webster

Deacon Gregory Webster

REVEREND DR. GREGORY WEBSTER is a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Francis Cardinal George in May 2014 and is assigned to St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. Deacon Greg holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Northern Illinois University, M.A. in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and an M.A. in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University of Chicago. Deacon Greg and his wife have been married more than twenty-five years and are blessed with three beautiful daughters and two pretty cool terriers.

How Can a Vaccine be Immoral?

When I was younger, I recall being asked if I was allergic to “eggs” before I got a flu shot. Oh, for the good old days. Vaccines were produced in eggs and no one worried about the morality of a vaccine. Today is different. A COVID-19 vaccine cannot...

Writing a Gospel Story

In the Christmas season, the differences in the Gospels become glaringly apparent. Why do Matthew, Mark, Luke and John start so differently? Theologians have several thoughts on this, and the Church considers none as definitive. Even the identity of...

Bulletproof Jesus

Several weeks ago, after writing that Jesus would love his neighbor enough to wear a mask in a pandemic, I received an email challenging my position; not challenging whether Jesus would wear a mask, but whether Jesus could actually get sick or not...

Using Petros

About a month ago, I was called a “Francis-Deacon” by a website for the absurdity of saying we should care enough about others to wear a mask in this pandemic. Upon seeing this, I immediately contacted a buddy of mine letting him know that after...

As a Christian, I Wear a Mask

“The government shouldn’t tell me what to do.” I get it. I am a laissez-faire capitalist myself. I believe in the individual freedoms that our Constitution affords us. One has to wonder in an election year how much politicizing “social distance” and...

Can’t We Still Be Friends?

I have two buddies that are polar opposites when it comes to COVD-19. One buddy tends to follow medical sources and argues from a perspective that the coronavirus is so dangerous that the government was right to marshal in many of its restrictions...

A Blind Faith in Science

One does not have to spend much time listening to the news of late to hear how our politicians will “follow the science.” Of course, this translates to “follow the science that promotes our agenda…” Full disclosure, I am a chemist. I believe in the...

Not a Freedom to Pray

During this pandemic Churches throughout the land have been forced to close. Our bishops point out this means solely the building. The Church, the Body of Christ, cannot close. While I have been disappointed in missing the sacraments, I...