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Topic - Charles J. Chaput
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' election of a middle-of-the-road candidate to replace Cardinal Timothy Dolan as president is being seen as a signal that American bishops are moving toward the more conciliatory policies of Pope Francis — though the new president himself said the fight against abortion will continue.
Americans — Catholics and non-Catholic — expressed surprise and mostly satisfaction as the news broke that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been selected the next pope of the global church, the first pontiff from the New World.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrapped up two weeks of events meant to highlight what they say are attacks on religious liberties Wednesday with a Mass attended by an overflow crowd of at least 4,000 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who led the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than 15 years, died Tuesday night at age 88.
A conservative American Indian archbishop was named Tuesday to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia, and he vowed to work to heal the wounds of sex-abuse victims, clergy and lay members alike.
Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal Justin Rigali, the archbishop of Philadelphia, on Tuesday, sending him into retirement as the archdiocese faces accusations that it covered up a long-running priest sex-abuse scandal.
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected Tuesday to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in an upset victory over an Arizona bishop with a moderate style who is the sitting vice president.
Archbishop Charles Chaput last week announced plans to cut 45 jobs and stop publishing the diocesan newspaper because of budget problems.
"I do not know why the Holy Father sent me here," said Archbishop Chaput, who has spent his career in the western United States. "[But] no person will work harder to try to help persons who have been hurt by the sins of the past."