Should George be the next USCCB prez?
Jason Berry thinks not.
Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, is currently
preparing to assume the presidency of the Conference of Catholic
Bishops, whose annual meeting begins Monday in Baltimore. His new
position would make George highly visible when Pope Benedict XVI
arrives on his first trip to the U.S. next spring, which is fitting
because George was a valuable ally of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
when the cardinals’ conclave chose him to be pope in 2005.
problem is that George shows little indication of having internalized
the lessons of the scandal. He displays a stunning insensitivity to the
church’s failures. And twice since the 2002 conference in Dallas that
adopted the youth protection charter, George has flouted the church’s
supposed zero-tolerance attitude in his handling of abusive priests.
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