Chicago Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich spent time serving on USCCB committees on abuse, and he voluntarily sought mediation for abuse settlements.
A compare-and-contrast between Cupich and the man he is replacing, Cardinal Francis George, gives a sense of what the new archbishop may be up against.
"I am going to try to be attentive to what the Lord wants. Maybe if there is moderation in that, then maybe I'm a moderate."
NCR exclusive: Blase Cupich, named Chicago's new archbishop on Saturday, says church leaders have to be "real" and "cannot base your decisions on a past era."
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The Vatican announced over the weekend that Bishop Blase Cupich, 65, will succeed Cardinal Francis George, 77, in Chicago.
It is unfortunate that Chicago's Cardinal Francis George is beset with a kind of pernicious paranoia. In 2012, he wrote that he expects die in bed, that his successor will likely die in prison and the following archbishop will be executed in public.
The ouster of gay employees at churches is causing a lot more trouble than church officials expected. Recently, instances of protest have been reported somewhere in the country almost weekly. On Aug. 15, the Chicago Tribune ran a front-page story that continued for almost a full page inside on one situation.
The process to find a successor for Cardinal Francis George has begun.
The Chicago archdiocese confirmed Thursday that George was informed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the papal nuncio to the U.S., that he has begun the consulting process and expects to complete it in late fall.
The archdiocese said it has no further information at this time.
George, 77, submitted his resignation in 2012, per canon law requirements for bishops when they reach the age of 75. That same year in August the cardinal was diagnosed with cancer in his right kidney.
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