David Gibson analyzes the USCCB Prez and Veep votes. “Safe,” his headliner wrote.
DiNardo emerged from a slate of nine candidates and won a majority of votes on the third ballot, defeating the runner-up, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, by a 147-87 margin. Three years ago, Kurtz defeated Chaput — a conservative lightning rod in the hierarchy — by a nearly identical margin, 147-91.
Archbishop Chaput a lightning rod? The guy’s a straight-talker. He’s not concerned about anything but the truth and saying it. And I don’t mind that in a person. For a discerning sort, it can be quite admirable. You always know where you stand.
It’s the inflexibility that concerns me.
I didn’t check with the google on this, but I heard that the Kurtz/DiNardo pair have served time as parish pastors. I won’t go on record as saying that’s safe or unsafe. But picking pastors is a good move, just on general principle.