I think when the Philly Inquirer pretty much breaks the story we can bank that is what will be announced at Roman noon tomorrow. Secular newspapers in the USA rarely break this news since people keep the EMBARGO stuff pretty seriously. However this is not a usual situation to say the least. However the cat is now out of the bag as it were.
I am pretty pumped to say the least over the the Chaput move. This means of course that at some point he will be in line for a Cardinal hat.
There are "indications" "Rumors" that this be might ACT I of an Archbishop shuffle int he good ole USA by Pope Benedict
I will try to keep updating this page today and of course tomorrow with links.
Rocco has his big post up (where he goes as far as he can in confirming it) and needless to say he will be a person that will have a good bit on this. See Render Unto Chaput -- Sources: Denver's Capuchin = Philadelphia's Revolution
Archbishop Chaput is a often in demand speaker. One of my favorite talks of his did not get the attention I thought it should have at the time. See Thoughts on a New Knighthood which he gave at the Air Force Academy
This writer at U.S. Catholic says Chaput is not very "Pastoral" (whatever that means) and is a bad fit for Philly. I think that is nonsense from what I hear in Denver. Chaput is the type to speak the truth i and one can be that and be Pastoral. See Jesus, See Peter, See Paul.
The main religious writer over at USA TODAY has a good post up . See Denver's Chaput rumored pope's pick for Philly. It examines comments made by Tom Peters ( a fan of the pick) and Michael Winters over at NCR (not a fan it appears). Winter's I guess picks up on what will be a theme. Chaput is not very "Pastoral". He uses this as an example:
Whether you think Chaput is the ideal pick depends on what you think is needed there
If you think you need the marshal going in to Dodge City to put the bad guys in jail, Chaput would be your guy. If you want some one who would spread balm rather than throw the bomb, that's a different kind of personality.
Chaput, says Winter, is
... a culture warrior. It puts blinders on him that make him do regrettable things. A perfect example: He ruled that children of gay parents can't go to Catholic schools. His classmate at seminary, Cardinal Sean O'Malley (both are members of the Capuchin order of Franciscan priests) reached the exact opposite decision in Boston, saying that you don't make decisions for children based on their parents' behavior.
That story he mentions got a lot of Press. I suppose people can disagree. But is that an example of someone not being Pastoral? The child would be put in a very uncomfortable position very often as she would be dealing (in front of other kids and her peers) with Catholic teaching that said what her "parents" were doing was wrong and went against Church teaching . I am not sure how "pastoral" it would be to put a child in that situation because of the unavoidable conflicts. Winter , no doubt who has vast years of Catholic Teacher classroon experience ,does not tell us how he would handle that. My gut reaction is Winters did not think it was "Pastoral" because it embarrassed him at parties to have to talk about it.
Also don't get me started on the term "culture warrior".
Rocco is no longer being coy. In this post he confirms (and celebrates with some music). It appears other sources are rapidly confirming what the Philly paper broke this morning.
The Anchoress tell the sticks in the mud to get a life at Chaput to Philadelphia
Now from CNA this is indeed interesting:
On June 30, the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops picked the name of a potential Philadelphia archbishop from a list of three candidates – known as a “terna” – to recommend to Pope Benedict.
However, after praying over the issue during the Fourth of July weekend, Pope Benedict decided not to select any of the recommended candidates, and specifically chose Archbishop Chaput for the post.
By the way it does not shock me that some int he Holy See were not in Chaput's corner. Recall when he posted for Vatican consumption that they were out to Lunch on Obama. See The Bishop's Ax Falls on Obama. And on the Vatican Curia
I have added another post on my blog. See Archbishop Chaput and His Future Relationship With The East Coast Media -
On a Louisiana note guess who the Archbishop's Role Model is? See Why is Archbishop Rummel a Role Model for Archbishop Chaput? Press Q and A Part II
Archdiocese of Philadelphia has a Chaput page.
According to Rocco Palmo the installation is scheduled for Thursday, 8 September, the feast of the Birth of Mary.
OK it's "official" Roman noon has struck. From the Vatican:
Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale dell’arcidiocesi metropolitana di Philadelphia (U.S.A.), presentata dall’Em.mo Card. Justin F. Rigali, in conformità al can. 401 § 1 del Codice di Diritto Canonico.
Il Papa ha nominato Arcivescovo Metropolita di Philadelphia (U.S.A.) S.E. Mons. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., finora Arcivescovo di Denver.
S.E. Mons. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
S.E. Mons. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., è nato il 26 settembre 1944 a Concorida (Kansas). È membro della tribù nativa americana dei "Prarie Band Potawatomi". Dopo aver frequentato la scuola primaria "Our Lady of Perpetual Help" nella città natale, è passato per gli studi secondari alla "Saint Francis Seminary High School" a Victoria (Kansas). Nel 1965 è entrato nell’Ordine Francescano dei Frati Minori Cappuccini della Provincia di San Agostino. Ha studiato presso il "Saint Fidelis College Seminary" di Herman (Pennsylvania) dove ha ottenuto il Baccalaureato in Filosofia nel 1967. Successivamente ha studiato presso il "Capuchin College" in Washington, D.C., dove ha ottenuto un Master in Educazione Religiosa nel 1970 e presso l’"University of San Francisco", dove ha conseguito un Master in Teologia nel 1971.
Ha emesso i voti perpetui come Cappuccino il 14 luglio 1968, ed è stato ordinato sacerdote il 29 agosto 1970.
Dopo l'ordinazione sacerdotale, è stato insegnante di teologia e Direttore Spirituale presso il "Saint Fidelis College Seminary" (1971-1974). Ha svolto poi l’ufficio di Segretario Esecutivo e Direttore delle Comunicazioni della Provincia Cappuccina di San Agostino con sede a Pittsburgh (1974-1977). In seguito è stato Parroco della "Holy Cross Parish" a Thornton (Colorado) nell’arcidiocesi di Denver (1977-1980) e, sempre a Denver, della Provincia Cappuccina del "Mid-America", è stato Vicario Provinciale (1977-1983), Segretario Esecutivo ed Economo (1980-1983) e Ministro Provinciale (1983-1988).
E’ stato nominato Vescovo di Rapid City (South Dakota) il 29 aprile 1988 ed è stato consacrato il 26 luglio successivo.
Il 18 febbraio 1997 è stato nominato Arcivescovo di Denver.
In seno della Conferenza Episcopale è Membro del "Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church" e del "Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development" e Presidente del "Subcommittee on Native American Affairs".