Monday, September 30, 2019

Possible shakeup in Catholic Philly

Archbishop Chaput turned 75, so according to new canon law he will offer his resignation. The Pope won't necessarily accept it. Who knows what will happen with Pope Cuckoo Bananas in charge? ("Simpsons" reference.) Chaput has a reputation for being sound on doctrine and social issues, the model of a conservative Novus Ordo bishop. There are several traditional Latin Masses and he invited the Fraternity of St. Peter (might the archdiocese be trying to funnel all traditionalists to that parish?). Interestingly the archbishop doesn't become a cardinal anymore, because frankly the shrinking Archdiocese of Philadelphia isn't that important anymore. Anyway, if a Cupich gets in, our doctrine can't change, and Pope Francis has left Pope Benedict's English missal alone (a friend's theory: he doesn't care about liturgy, being a liberal Jesuit, and he doesn't speak English), but watch out. If it's "back to the '70s," the old liberals' last hurrah, hunker down. The earliest, lowest Sunday Mass, many good Catholics' mainstay since Vatican II. There is the shrinking Greek Catholic option, which either can be a refuge or become home, but it's dying. Doomsday scenario, as in real heresy pumped into what's left of the parishes? See you at the SSPX. ("They look pious and have nicer services," which are true, aren't good enough reasons to break with the official church locally.)


  1. I had always thought that Apb. Chaput was denied the red biretta for political reasons, that is by not being one of Papa Bergoglio's "in crowd." Philly has had a Cardinal at the helm since 1918 or so.

    1. To punish him for being "too conservative." Maybe. Chaput's not from here but Philly Catholicism is often described as conservative when it's really more complacent and parochial, not the same thing. It implemented the late '60s changes, then spent down the money and clout it earned before Vatican II, the priestly underage sex scandal and coverup further eroding those. Fewer Masses at fewer churches so they still look rather full. Considering that "conservative Catholics" including traditionalists are at least a robust, young, and fertile minority, keeping parishes open and money coming in, suppressing them seems stupid simply from a (nonprofit) business standpoint. But we're talking about rival truth claims: real Catholicism vs. a sellout.


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