The Chicago Tribune has lately been full of the news that there will be a new Roman Catholic bishop of Chicago , (and a major new player in the city’s power structure?) The Tribune reported on September 20th that:
The Vatican on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., to succeed Cardinal Francis George as the leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In an announcement by the Vatican at about 5 a.m. Chicago time, the Roman Catholic Church said it had accepted the resignation of the ailing George and had named Cupich to the Chicago post, which is one of its most prominent in the U.S.
The Tribune also declared that:
The 65-year-old Cupich is the first archbishop of Chicago in close to a century who was a bishop rather than an archbishop when he was appointed, said Rocco Palmo, a Vatican expert who writes from Philadelphia. Cupich moves from a diocese of 90,000 Catholics in Spokane to an archdiocese of more than 2 million.
Cupich, like the cardinal he will succeed, opposes same-sex marriage and, in his two previous jobs as bishop, has been outspoken in his advocacy for the poor.
The Tribune reported that Cupich came to Washington State to deal with priest abuse. The Tribune quoted Michael Budde, chair of the Catholic Studies Department at DePaul University,
Cupich, said Budde, adopted a zero-tolerance policy for priest abuse early on and was brought to Spokane in part to deal with the scandal there that eventually prompted the diocese to file for bankruptcy.
“He was brought in to clean up that scandal,” Budde said.
If the bankruptcy was anything like what the PBS documentary “Secrets of the Vatican” reported was done in the Midwest to deal with the same type of scandal, some Catholic victims may have gotten the shaft from such a clean up and bankruptcy.
According to Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor, despite his “advocacy for the poor”, Cupich is going to have to get used to living in one of the most expensive homes in the city. Burke reported that, “This mansion has 19 chimneys and sits on 1.7 acres of prime real estate in Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast neighborhood. It’s worth $14.3 million ‘as is,’ but the property could fetch far more, appraisers told CNN.” http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/08/us/american-archbishops-lavish-homes/index.html
Isn’t it nice the sacrifices such concerned officials in the Church of Rome are willing to make?