Nutter, Corbett, Chaput Make Vatican Visit

Trying to “seal the deal” on papal trip to Philly in 2015.

6ABC reports:Governor Tom Corbett and Mayor Michael Nutter arrived in Rome on Monday ahead of a meeting with Pope Francis in anticipation for the World Meeting of Families conference to be held in Philadelphia in 2015. They, along with Archbishop Charles Chaput, will be in Rome until March 27 to work with Vatican officials on the event.”

Newsworks reminds us: ” They’re trying to convince Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia next year.”

“The sheer possibility that Pope Francis might come to Philadelphia could obviously enhance the World Meeting of Families event,” Nutter said. “It will be a spectacular event in any manner, there are just a lot of details.”

Nutter says he doesn’t expect the Pope to commit to the event at this point.

“It’s unreasonable to expect that 18 months or so in advance that someone like Pope Francis is going to say they are going to any place in particular,” he said. “President Obama doesn’t make that kind of announcement either.”

CBS Philly adds:

And, Chaput says the “heavy hitters” will really go to work during Wednesday morning’s private session with the pope.

“The meetings, from our perspective, are lobbying meetings for what we hope will be good for Philadelphia and that’s why the mayor and the governor are going with us to it,” Chaput says.

Governor Corbett says, as a Roman Catholic, he’s a little nervous about meeting the Holy Father, but won’t lose his focus. Has he practiced what he might say?

“No, I haven’t rehearsed the comments for the pope yet at all and obviously there’s a protocol when you meet with a pope so we all, at least I want to read them, my wife wants to read that,” Corbett says.

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  • Michael Skiendzielewski

    With all of the pain, suffering and heartache poured out on this website by victims and their families in light of the “healing Mass” in Philadelphia last weekend, I just cannot contain my outrage and disgust that Archbishop Chaput would use the following phrase in his sermon:

    “…..”the negligence of the church’s pastors”…..”

    (If anything, the statement should have been “the negligence of the church’s BISHOPS AND CARDINALS”)

    The decision-making and/or conduct relative to clergy abuse allegations most definitely WAS NOT negligence. From the initial notification of such an allegation, all action, decision making, etc. was calculated, conscious and deliberately made by leadership down at 222 N. 17th St. in conjunction with legal counsel. How dare he minimize the deliberate actions of Church leadership by referring to it as “negligence.” This writer has posted several examples in the past of archdiocesan legal counsel’s statements which reflect a very deliberate, calculating and precise understanding and perspective which guided the decision-making in such matters.

    Archbishop Chaput, while you’re jetting over to Rome in company with elected officials and business leaders who continue to OPPOSE valuable legislation which would help to protect ALL the Commonwealth’s children, consider this:

    NEGLIGENCE: Conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances.

    Deliberately deciding to turn one’s back on the suffering, pain and degradation of the youngest of the Church’s faithful and failing to act on the criminal conduct of certain clergy under the leadership’s supervision and control isn’t negligence. You know that and every Philadelphia area Catholic knows it as well.

    Michael Skiendzielewski
    Captain (retired)
    Philadelphia Police Dept.