Another interview from a major figure in the Church today, one emerging as he grows accustomed to a greatly expanded role. It was a bit disappointing to me that he did not “receive the red hat”, was not named as a new cardinal when Papa Francesco named the new batch a couple of weeks ago. There are several reasons at play, I think. One is that PF does not want to add more Americans as we are already over-represented. He also focused on the peripheries in his selections. I also have a strong suspicion that while he may have wanted to name Cupich, he did not want to name Chaput. That would have gone over like a lead balloon with the conservative wing. It also would have been a bit tense when PF went to Philly in September. PF picks his battles wisely…..Reyanna
By Grant Gallicho, January 22, 2015, Commonweal Magazine on-line
In November 2014, Blase Cupich succeeded Cardinal Francis George to become the ninth archbishop of Chicago—the nation’s third-largest diocese. It was Pope Francis’s first major episcopal appointment in the United States. Cupich had previously been the bishop of two much smaller dioceses: Spokane, Washington, and Rapid City, South Dakota. In 1975, he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, where he was pastor of two parishes before being made bishop of Rapid City in 1998.* Archbishop Cupich has served on several committees, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Scripture Translation, as well as the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, which he chaired from 2008 to 2011. In December, Grant Gallicho spoke with the archbishop in Chicago. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
GRANT GALLICHO: It has been about a month since you became archbishop of Chicago. What has surprised you most since you arrived?
BLASE CUPICH: I’m not easily surprised. (To continue reading, click here.)