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.
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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?