Last month, we were greeted with the news the Archbishop Charles Chaput will be moving east to lead the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. While I have never met the man, I had the privilege of attending a pro-life Mass where he was the main celebrant several years ago. At that time he demonstrated a no-nonsense approach to the word of God, calling a spade a spade. I admired him greatly.
Prior to writing this post I spent some time looking at what the reporters have to say about this man. The sad part is that all of the secular news media is concerned about is the fact that he is going to be leading a diocese riddled with scandal and the grand jury's findings this past February. That is a shame. The man did not create the problem. Chaput has his gifts and talents and all the media can see is the bad. I guess it is true that good news doesn't sell.
The new archbishop has had to deal with the issue in Denver as well. As a priest, I am sickened that after 10 years we are still dealing with these sins. It hurts those of us that are trying to be the best priests we can be. I feel that the effects of this scandal will be with us for many more years.
Let us pray for Archbishop Chaput and the people of Philadelphia. May the grace of God bring the Archdiocese true peace and healing.