Cardinal Justin Rigali
The former leader of Philadelphia’s Catholics has been removed from a key Vatican panel, as part of a larger shakeup.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it has determined that two more priests are not suitable for ministry, because of allegations of inappropriate conduct.
Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput is set to appear at a news conference this afternoon to disclose the fate of some of the 27 priests suspended by his predecessor because of allegations of sexual abuse or other misconduct.
“I don’t know if we’re going to have objective answers to what his legacy is. That’s something for historians. It’s not something we can determine in the heat of the moment with trials yet to begin.”
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia school system is on the brink of historic changes.
This week the Philadelphia archdiocese will stand at a crossroads of leadership. Charles Chaput is to be installed as the new Archbishop of Philadelphia replacing Cardinal Justin Rigali.
Cardinal Justin Rigali was overseeing the dedication of a new church, specifically for Spanish-speaking Catholics, on Tuesday afternoon in southern Chester County.
Denver’s archbishop, Rev. Charles Chaput, will succeed Cardinal Justin Rigali as the next leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
While Philadelphia-area Catholics got their first glimpse of the new archbishop today inside the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, protesters outside brought a reminder of the ongoing investigation of child sex abuse by priests.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, a Native American, has a reputation as a conservative and a strong record on child protection.
Cardinal Justin Rigali came to Philadelphia from a posting in St. Louis in 2003. He was named the 12th bishop and eighth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Pope John Paul II, who also made him a cardinal.
The head of the Philadelphia archdiocese’s panel on priest sex-abuse is blasting the cardinal’s response to the pedophilia crisis, and pulling back the curtain on the panel’s long-secret operations.
The late Pope John Paul II will be beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI during ceremonies Sunday morning at the Vatican.
The Catholic church is steeped in religious traditions which date back centuries. But the message of the church is getting a modern boost with social media.
The Catholic Church in Philadelphia began marking the holiest week on the Christian calendar on Thursday, under the cloud of the priest sexual abuse scandal.