Jun 2, 2005

Mr. Chaput goes to Washington?


Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput's name is being churned in the rumor mill as the next archbishop of Washington, D.C. - and the noise is so loud that even Chaput is acknowledging it.

[Father John] Neuhaus said Chaput would be a "lively candidate" anywhere. The San Francisco diocese, which also is vacant, would be considered a lateral move and not likely, other observers say.

"Would he be a splendid and bold and persuasive voice for the Catholic Church in the nation's capital?" Neuhaus said. "My answer would be most emphatically, 'yes,' and therefore I would welcome such an appointment."


Blogger Clayton said...

Can we please relocate the nation's capital in LA?

1:39 PM  
Blogger John Hearn said...

Boy oh boy! The feathers would fly with *that* appointment! In the words of Captin Picard, "Make it so."

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

gotta watch out for filibusters...there are a lot of democrats in D.C.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Washington seminarian said...

Hey now, don't count Cardinal McCarrick out so fast! I realize that he is unpopular with many at St. Blogs, but he has really been a great leader of Washington, doing tremendous work with vocations. We may have 80 men in formation this fall (healthy, orthodox men).

Despite all of the attention recently given to the matter of proper reception of Holy Communion, the Cardinal is no liberal driving the Church into the ground. Don't be too sure that the Holy Father will accept his resignation this year.

That being said, if he does retire, I would be thrilled to have Archbishop Chaput as my new boss.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous francis said...

As a member of the Washington archdiocese, I have to agree with Washington Seminarian. The best way to judge a bishop's job, in my opinion, is to look at vocations in the diocese. And we have a bumber crop here, thanks be to God - and to the work of Cardinal McCarrick.

However, I think I would die of joy if Chaput became our archbishop.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being from Colorado, although sadly not from the Denver diocese, it would be our loss. However I have hope for not only a wonderful replacement but that the Archbishop can do even more good in Washington. The Denver seminaries have close to 100 seminarians and are getting close to the ordination of the first class to come all the way through. You know he had to close down the old seminary due to rot.
He started anew and the graces of faithfulnes has borne fruit.

This Archbishop is totally approachable and unfailingly kind and thoughtful. He even knows little me and is gracious whenever I have the opportunity to attend his wonderful Mass at the Denver cathedral. His faithful influence would reach even more souls and he will build on what seems be a 'bumper crop' of seminarians in the Washington Archdiocese.

By the way, we keep hearing of the priest shortage so that it seems justified for women to conduct communion services, but I hear that seminary enrollment is up 14% in the US. Sadly, not in LA where faihful men need not apply...

2:02 PM  

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