Monday, November 17, 2014

The Blase Begins

So, now it's confirmed – the Pope's coming to this scribe's hometown next year... and if you're surprised, well, you haven't been paying attention.

Back to the main story of the moment, even if Francis himself isn't touching down at O'Hare today, over these next 30 hours The Revolution he's driving will take hold in its most potent form on these shores as Blase Cupich is installed as the Ninth Archbishop of Chicago – for the helm of the nation's third-largest diocese, the most significant personnel pick Papa Bergoglio will have among the American hierarchy's top rank.

As the world awaits the very significant homilies to come at tonight's Liturgy of the Word and tomorrow's Installation Mass, we'd be remiss to not start in without the talk that arguably aligned the stars toward the stunning move – the then-Spokane bishop's June response (text) to Francis' "Vice-Pope" at a Washington symposium on the conflict between libertarianism and Catholic social teaching.