Column: I have learned the hard way not to put my faith in church leaders. They are not the most important people in the church to me.
Analysis: Rome hasn't yet revealed the names of the new cardinals, but could an American be among them? There are a number of factors that will govern the choices.
At his installation as the ninth archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday, Archbishop Blase Cupich urged the congregation at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral to fearlessly share their faith recognizing that God calls them "to more" and "to greater things."
Before an overflow crowd, the archbishop said he had "a bit of a panic attack" when he saw the day's Gospel reading was about Jesus walking on water and calling his disciples to follow him.
NCR Today: Blase Cupich's concelebration choice is noteworthy -- he paid public respect to a mentor while perhaps describing the kind of bishop he would like to be.
The media are the frequent target for many bishops in the church. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan sarcastically reported to his fellow bishops last week that the recent synod on the family in Rome was actually fairly boring despite the media's preoccupation with conflict emanating from the synod. The media, in the eyes of many bishops and laypeople, are always the bad actor when it comes to coverage of the church.
A leader connects people and inspires, Blase Cupich said in the first of three public ceremonies that mark his installation as the ninth archbishop of Chicago.
Distinctly Catholic: With the bishops, politics are submerged, as if it were the height of bad manners to admit what everyone can sense in the room.
"We are committed to transparency with the people we serve. We cannot change the past but we hope we can rebuild trust through honest and open dialogue."
In a major restructuring, the Chicago archdiocese announced Wednesday that 14 elementary schools would be closed or merged at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.
"This restructuring is the result of our ongoing efforts to strengthen and support sustainable Catholic schools over the long term," said Thomas McGrath, chief operating officer for Catholic schools. "Although difficult in the immediate term, we know taking these steps will increase access for families and students to excellent Catholic school education, now and in the future."
Chicago Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich spent time serving on USCCB committees on abuse, and he voluntarily sought mediation for abuse settlements.