Wind set to rustle among Philadelphia Catholics

“He is brash, outspoken and fearless -- energetic, colourful, cultured... indeed, even hard-core,” says Rocco Palmo of Archbishop Charles Chaput, the 66 year-old Capuchin Franciscan and New York Times best-selling author who’s led the 550,000-member Denver Archdiocese since 1997.

Writing before confirmation of Chaput's appointment to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Whispers in the Loggia blogger says he “stands set to bring the most revolutionary change American Catholicism’s most traditional major outpost has known in at least a century, to begin its rebuilding from the ashes of the darkest hour in its long, storied history”.

“Five months since a second grand-jury report on the Philadelphia chancery’s handling of clergy sex-abuse cases led to the largest suspension of accused priests in the national crisis’ long history, blowing the lid on numerous concerns over the administration of the once-vaunted local church in the process.

“Given Chaput's reputation as a tough, clear, no-nonsense overseer with a knack for shaking things up, that phrasing is no accident. At the same time, though, it is worth noting that for the first time since Edmond Francis Prendergast -- the "Big Man" and native son who governed the Philly church from 1911-18 -- a Philadelphia archbishop will have served as pastor of a parish.

“A member of the Potawatomi Prairie Band tribe, the archbishop’s Native American name is Pietasa (“rustling wind”) -- a moniker that led his late mother to call him “Windy.” Accordingly, for an ecclesial model that’s stood as the nation’s oldest, most enduring clone of institution-centric, clericalist Catholicism in the spirit of its roots in 18th-century Ireland, the reported move would represent nothing short of a hurricane.”

FULL BLOG: Render Unto Chaput -- Sources: Denver's Capuchin = Philadelphia's Revolution (Whispers in the Loggia)

LINKS:

Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. (catholic-hierarchy.org)

Q&A with Archbishop Chaput on his Philadelphia appointment (CathNewsUSA)

Abp Chaput's Message for Evangelization of Culture (Catholics for the Common Good)

Bishop of Toowomba announces early retirement (CathNews)

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