Should George be the next USCCB prez?

Jason Berry thinks not.

Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, is currentlypreparing to assume the presidency of the Conference of CatholicBishops, whose annual meeting begins Monday in Baltimore. His newposition would make George highly visible when Pope Benedict XVIarrives on his first trip to the U.S. next spring, which is fittingbecause George was a valuable ally of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzingerwhen the cardinals' conclave chose him to be pope in 2005.

Theproblem is that George shows little indication of having internalizedthe lessons of the scandal. He displays a stunning insensitivity to thechurch's failures. And twice since the 2002 conference in Dallas thatadopted the youth protection charter, George has flouted the church'ssupposed zero-tolerance attitude in his handling of abusive priests.

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Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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