Cardinal Justin Rigali, who stepped down as Philadelphia archbishop after a landmark indictment of priests in relation to child molestation, is one of the 11 U.S. cardinals expected to vote in the conclave.
Philadelphia-based Catholic journalist Rocco Palmo writes about the Vatican and church politics and says Pope Benedict’s resignation was a stunning and historic announcement.
It was a momentous week for the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia with the departure of Cardinal Rigali and a man from the west replacing him.
Key leaders at St. Joseph’s University are meeting Monday to figure out how to pick the University’s next president because of Father Joseph O’Keefe’s medical issues. Word came unexpectedly that he was deemed unable to assume the university’s presidency.
To celebrate the first Friday of Lent, the Archbishop of Philadelphia held a special service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City.
A group supporting clergy sex abuse victims says Cardinal Rigali should be hiring outsiders to investigate why priests accused of abuse are still on the job.
The archbishop of Philadelphia is releasing a video message to parishioners, telling them that charges announced last week in the priest sexual abuse scandal bring “great sadness and distress to every Catholic, every person.”
Philadelphia’s archbishop, Cardinal Justin Rigali, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his installation as a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church during a special mass this week.