Cupich to Chicago: Chicago’s New Archbishop

Bishop Blase Cupich will be installed as archbishop of Chicago today. Here are some articles (and a video) on Bishop Cupich’s move to Chicago:

Watch: Ann Curry talks to Bishop Cupich

On eve of installation, Chicago’s Cupich offers hints of his agenda by Michael O’Loughlin: “Blase Cupich, named by Pope Francis to replace ailing Cardinal Francis George, wasted no time in outlining his priorities: the poor, the disadvantaged, immigrants. And he called for more civility in public discourse — including among Church leaders.”

Soon to lead Chicago Catholics, Cupich wasn’t always set on religious life by Manya Brachear Pashman: “Cupich and the pope have never met. But Cupich, a charismatic clergyman and grandson of Croatian immigrants, embodies the themes of the Francis papacy. Colleagues, friends and family say his emphasis on social justice, his openness to change and the background he shares with his flock might explain his elevation.”

‘Francis effect’ seen in Blase Cupich’s selection as Chicago archbishop by Michael O’Connor: “Cupich (pronounced SOO-pitch) is said to carry the heart of a pastor — a trait many believe drew the attention of Pope Francis, who this fall named him as the next leader of the powerful Archdiocese of Chicago.”

+Cupich to Chicago: What Does This Mean? by Michael Sean Winters: “The cardinals and bishops whom Pope Francis consulted before making this choice clearly advised him to not only send a bishop to Chicago, but to send a message, +Cupich’s comments at the press conference notwithstanding. This is not an incrementalist choice. This is not a balancing choice. The selection itself tells us a great deal about what the leaders of the American Church felt was needed at this moment, not just about +Cupich’s obvious suitability for the job.”

New Chicago archbishop Blase Cupich: A moderate voice by Michael O’Loughlin: “With reports that Cupich (pronounced “SOO-pitch”), 65, has been tapped as Chicago’s next archbishop, many believe he embodies the pope’s vision for a bishop. Widely viewed as a moderate voice among Catholic bishops, he often eschews cultural battles in favor of dialogue and engagement.”

Are we looking at the American Pope Francis in Chicago? by John Allen: “There’s nothing a pope does as fundamental to shaping culture in the Catholic Church as appointing bishops, and that’s especially true for major pace-setting venues around the world. Chicago is on a short list with Milan, Paris, and Westminster as spots where popes have a chance to put their stamp firmly on the church in a wide chunk of the world.”

The ‘Francis Era’ in America starts today in Chicago by John Allen: “With the appointment of Blase Cupich today as the new Archbishop of Chicago, one can say that the Francis revolution in Catholicism has finally arrived in the United States.”

As Chicago archbishop, Cupich may face culture war mentality by Vinnie Rotondaro: “The 65-year-old pastor’s ascent to the Chicago archdiocese — the nation’s third largest and historically one of its most important — has captivated the Catholic world in the United States and represents a potentially important shift in the direction for the U.S. bishops’ conference, observers say. One privately called it an ‘ecclesial earthquake.’”

Untying Knots: Bishop Cupich’s Theology by David Cloutier: “Some seeing his opening press conference might imagine him as a simple, down-to-earth guy from the Plains… that temptation might be particularly strong in Chicago! But this would be a big mistake. For those interested in his ideas about the church, I would recommend checking out Bishop Cupich’s subtle, powerful lecture, given last year in Australia.”

Blase Cupich is Pope Francis’s American messenger by EJ Dionne: “Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that.”

Chicago’s new archbishop talks about ‘stepping into the unknown’ by Joshua McElwee: “Well, I guess I’m the son of my parents. I think everything that I have learned in terms of working with people and taking on any responsibility are things that I learned from my parents: to work hard, to pray, to respect people, to realize that I don’t have all the answers, that God will take care of the situation if we just trust. So I think that I am the son of my parents.”