Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Archbishop Chaput admits first months in Philadelphia have been difficult

Catholic World News - April 16, 2013

Archbishop Charles Chaput has acknowledged that his introduction to the Philadelphia archdiocese has been a rough one.

"I haven't liked it at all," the archbishop told an awards dinner. Referring to the sex-abuse scandal and school closings, he said: "It has been an awful time."

The archbishop added, however, that he is happy to be serving in Philadelphia and looks forward to better times for the Church there.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our June expenses ($11,894 to go):
$35,000.00 $23,106.23
34% 66%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 16, 2013 10:11 PM ET USA

    I'll bet there are days when Archbishop Chaput wishes he were still a lowly bishop in Rapid City, S.D.!

  • Posted by: jlw5096959 - Apr. 16, 2013 6:14 PM ET USA

    I rather appreciate Abp Chaput's frankness. I've come to expect the usual bishopy blather: a pink and grinning optimism. (And this is the opposite of the virtue of Hope, by the way: Hope begins when all grounds for worldly optimism have disappeared.) Abp. Chaput has been working hard in a frustrating task that provides little in terms of human satisfaction. Pain is enduring, success uncertain. I respect that. I will pray for you, holy Priest of God.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 16, 2013 5:52 PM ET USA

    If times don't improve in Philadelphia, it probably won't be do to lack of effort on the part of the new bishop; he'll do his part, if his track record is any indication. The real question is will the locals know enough to recognize a chance for positive change, and will they support him fully?

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The political outlook after Obergefell 10 hours ago
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul 13 hours ago
So now is it 'hate speech' to deplore the Obergefell decision? 14 hours ago
Acedia and the Unbearable Lightness of Being June 29
Is Western Politics Dead? June 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4