Speaking in Rio on this week, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia tackled three questions about Pope Francis, his early record, and his trip to Brazil. He acknowledged that members of the right wing of the Catholic church 'generally have not been really happy' with some aspects of Francis' early months, reports NCR.
The 68-year-old Capuchin conceded that last night's mob scene with the papal motorcade was a 'frightening moment,' hinting that perhaps Francis could listen a bit more to handlers charged with his safety and saying, 'There has to be some distance between the crowds and the Holy Father.'
Chaput acknowledged that members of the right wing of the Catholic church 'generally have not been really happy' with some aspects of Francis' early months and said the pope will have to find a way 'to care for them, too.'
Chaput defended Francis on concerns in some circles that he's been silent on abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia, saying, 'I can't imagine he won't be as pro-life and pro-traditional marriage as any of the other popes.' He insisted the bishop of Rome 'has to talk about those things.'
Archbishop Chaput is in Rio de Janeiro leading a delegation of roughly 40 pilgrims from the Philadelphia archdiocese to World Youth Day. He said turnout might have been larger had it not been for concerns about safety, which, he said, led some dioceses in Pennsylvania to 'actively discourage' people from coming.
Chaput is also scheduled to deliver one of the English-language catechetical sessions this week. He sat down with NCR at the Rio hotel where most of the American bishops and World Youth Day personnel are staying.
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