Skip to comments.Chaput in Philly Swims Against 'Nostalgia and Red Ink'
Posted on 09/16/2012 6:16:19 AM PDT by marshmallow
Charles Chaput, whose blunt speech and strong leadership style made him both a celebrated and a controversial figure for almost fifteen years in Denver, was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011. To say the very least, hes had a tumultuous first year on the job.
The very day Chaput arrived, he was informed that the archdioceses chief financial officer, Anita Guzzardi, had been suspended. She would later plead guilty to embezzling almost $1 million over a decade, to support a gambling addiction. The experience hinted at two constants Chaput has faced -- scandal and red ink.
The past twelve months have also brought:
* The trial of Monsignor William Lynn, which ended in the first-ever conviction of a church official not for sexually abusing a minor, but for allegedly covering it up. Lynn was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison, and is behind bars while the case is on appeal.
* Review of the cases of 27 priests suspended after a damning 2011 Grand Jury report on the handing of sex abuse allegations. So far, seven priests have been permanently removed from ministry by Chaput, seven have been reinstated, and one has died, while decisions are pending for the rest.
* Serious financial shortfalls, with a deficit for next year projected at $6 million, something Chaput says he can afford only because hes selling off the historic 13,000 square foot archbishops residence.
* An announcement that the Vaticans next World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia, which means the honor of a papal visit, but also a steep challenge for a cash-starved archdiocese -- not to mention the risk that it could easily be perceived, in the context of American debates, as a massive anti-gay marriage.........
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This piece, while being long, is a worthy read.