This is great news! Archbishop Chaput is a strong and loving shepherd. Philadelphia has been rocked with by sex abuse scandals, and if anyone can strengthen the policies, protect children and heal wounds it is Chaput.
John Allen, the only good thing about the National Catholic Reporter, has a lengthy but excellent interview with Archbishop Chaput.
It seems that he thought that he was safe in Denver from being chosen for such an important appointment.
How and when did you learn you were going to Philadelphia?
I found out by a call from the Nuncio [Archbishop Pietro Sambi] on Tuesday, July 5, about 11:45 in the morning here in Denver. I was getting ready to go to a staff luncheon when he called and informed me that the Holy Father had asked that I serve the church as the Archbishop of Philadelphia. After talking with him for a while, and discussing what it meant, I said yes.
Was there any part of you that considered saying no?
No. There were parts of me that were afraid, because every change is difficult. I’d never imagined going to Philadelphia. I know there are always rumors about these kinds of things, but those of us who are close to church matters know that those rumors don’t necessarily have any basis in reality. So I’d heard rumors, but I didn’t take them seriously.
I’ve been trained in my Capuchin formation that you do what you’re asked to do, and you think about it later. Even to have thought about it for a while before saying ‘yes’ would have been contrary to my formation. If the Holy Father asks me to do something, I’ll do it, with joy and enthusiasm, as best I can.
Quite honestly, though, I had thought I was safe in Denver, in part because of my age. I’m not a kid!
In ecclesiastical terms, being 66 makes you still a young buck.
I know, but to embrace a new responsibility, especially one that’s bigger, is something that most 66-year-old people in this society don’t do. I had thought the older I got, the safer I was!
Please read the interview here.. Archbishop Chaput is honest and humble.