Vatican Analysts: Pope Francis’ Choice for Next Chicago Archbishop a Bellwether for U.S. Church / Associated Press

When he turned 75, Cardinal Francis George did what the Roman Catholic Church expects of its bishops. He submitted his resignation so the pope could decide how much longer the cardinal would serve.

“George said he hoped Pope Benedict XVI would keep him on as Chicago archbishop for two or three more years. ‘But, it’s up to him, finally,’ George told WLS-TV in Chicago.

“Two years and one surprise papal retirement later, the decision now belongs to Pope Francis. The pontiff’s choice will be closely watched as his first major appointment in the U.S., and the clearest indication yet of the direction he will steer American church leaders.”

By Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, in Star Tribune — Click here to read the rest of this article.

Voice of the Faithful® provides on its website a Bishop Selection Primer, a two-page summary of the VOTF model for lay input into bishop selection

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  1. #1 by russellsvocation on August 4, 2014 - 12:06 PM

    As long as the current Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone doesn’t get Chicago. That would lend credence to his over the top conservatism and send the wrong message to American Catholics about who “deserves” a red hat.

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