The problem as I see it: the way bishops are groomed and chosen. Our bishops are chosen more for their connections than for their simplicity. They are often much more ecclesiastical careerists than they are pastors. In fact, very few of them have much (if any) actual parish experience.
Peter Daly, National Catholic Reporter
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Bishops arrive for a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to open the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family Oct. 5 in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (CNS/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool)
Oct. 14, 2014 | The appointment of Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago is a good sign. He is a pastoral bishop. His writings emphasize civility in discourse and a willingness to listen. He is not a cultural warrior. He seeks dialogue rather than confrontation. Hopefully, Cupich's pastoral orientation is a harbinger of appointments to come.
Pope Francis has given the church an indication of the kind of things he wants in his priests and bishops. He says he wants priests and bishops who have the "smell of the sheep"; that is, he wants them to be out among their people and not remote, removed and seemingly superior.
Peter Daly is a priest in the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and has been pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick, Md., since 1994.
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The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church, Jack Jenkins, Think Progress
Cupich — and possibly others like him — are primed to be the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of American Catholicism.