Let’s say this for Archbishop Charles Chaput—yes, he’s tried to push the Philadelphia church into the GOP’s corner, and yes, that’s kind of irritating, but it’s pretty forgivable when you compare him to his predecessors, Anthony Bevilacqua and Justin Rigali, and their hideous handling of the church’s sex abuse scandals. So far as we can tell, Chaput’s record hasn’t been blotted by that controversy. But Chaput hasn’t risen to the rank of cardinal—and Rigali, who is still alive, retains that rank. Which means Cardinal Rigali—poor old compromised Cardinal Rigali—will get to help decide who becomes the next leader of the Catholic Church, and Chaput won’t. [Daily News]
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