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Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love & Hateful Abuse, Gets New Archbishop

Updated at 1 p.m. EST to add NCR interview with Archbishop Chaput.

It’s been a tough year for the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, where the pesky clergy abuse revelations just won’t go away. But now Cardinal Justin Rigali — due to reaching age 75 and/or the way the scandal has festered — is retiring, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver is heading to the City of Brotherly Love to turn things around:

I wonder if Chaput will talk to the New York Times again now? Perhaps he won’t be so defensive as the new sheriff in town… or maybe he’ll be more defensive.


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posted July 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

It will take decades to tell whether the RCC has shaken the horrible habits they’ve had under their present and past leaders.

I’m locked out of responding to most of the posts here. In case this works and you see it I’d like to say a probable goodbye to pagansister, Henrietta, jesterfyl and others on here. If the cowardly person/people who can’t stand debate are deservedly fired I’d hope to be back. Or possibly I’ll see you elsewhere. Or, who knows, as time goes by in a different guise. But I do want to express my fondness for you folks while I, hopefully, can. And for you, too, Nicole. It can’t be pleasant working for people like that and you do a good job.

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