With the appointment of Archbishop Cupich to the Congregation of Bishops, does this mean we’ll be seeing a sea change in those who head American sees?
More bishops aligned with the priorities of Pope Francis? That’s what most people seem to think.
It seems likely that there will be a positive impact on the failures connected with the administration of sexual predators:
At the same time, another competence of the congregation bears noting: far more than merely providing for appointments, Bishops enjoys sweeping authority to investigate prelates for alleged misconduct and recommend their removal from office. Having scored high marks for his handling of abuse, child protection and other good-governance issues both as a diocesan bishop and USCCB chair, as Cupich has already made a public call to urge the effective implementation of Francis’ new norms to combat abuse of office by bishops and religious superiors, he’s now been placed squarely in a position to push the project to a thorough conclusion.
I wonder if we’ll continue to see bishops from smaller dioceses promoted to large ones.