wardaddy, I would not be surprised if this came directly from B16.
“wardaddy, I would not be surprised if this came directly from B16.”
That's not my sense of it.
My understanding is that Archbishops of Chicago have been trying to take this one down a peg for some time. However, he's plugged into the local “urban” power structure, and he's more or less threatened schism or worse if he was messed with by the hierarchy.
But this time, he went a little too far. No one's going to follow him out the door in defense of his overt, blatant racism. So, the hierarchy strikes, which it has desired to do for as long as I've been aware of this one - which is the better part of a decade.
Remember, all cardinals are citizens of the Vatican, which in a sense makes them Roman. Don't mess with us Romans.