“He was first of all a great teacher. He was a great preacher of the word of God. He was a great pastor of the people,” Rigali said.
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests have left a meeting with the Philadelphia archbishop, but it’s not clear if they learned the fate of 23 suspended colleagues.
Philadelphia’s Catholic Church stands at a crossroads. Next Thursday, Archbishop Charles Chaput will be installed as the next leader of the region’s 1.4 million Roman Catholics, replacing Cardinal Justin Rigali.
Cardinal Justin Rigali hired Gina Smith after a Philadelphia Grand Jury found the Church might be turning a blind eye to such cases, despite convincing evidence.