Card. George turns 75, submits letter of resignation (He is still Archbishop of Chicago!)

I read on the site of the Chicago Tribune that upon turning 75 Card. George has submitted his letter of resignation to the Holy Father.  He does not expect the letter to be accepted for at least two years.

Can. 401 §1 of the Code of Canon Law states that diocesan bishops must submit their resignation to the Holy Father on reaching the age of 75.

The Pope can choose not to accept the resignation as it pleaseth.

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20 Responses to Card. George turns 75, submits letter of resignation (He is still Archbishop of Chicago!)

  1. Supertradmum says:

    This was expected. Chicagoan and Midwesterners have been speculating for months on his replacement. He needs to retire for many reasons, and I do not mean that uncharitably. Some want Bishop Finn, but I can’t see that happening.

  2. ssoldie says:

    A great ‘ AMEN’.

  3. Peggy R says:

    Whatever faults the Cardinal has had as an archbishop of Chicago, he has of late been leading the charge in taking on Catholic Dem governor Pat Quinn. He also said something to which the homosexual and mainstream media reacted with offense…the gay parade “could morph into” something like KKK anti-Catholic marches. He was systematically bullied into apologizing, though I’d say his apology was limited. The progressives and homosexual crowd are cheering his pending retirement. See his HuffPost article which documents the concerted attack on the Cardinal. (The Epiphany day protest was wisely canceled. They would have exactly resembled the anti-Catholic marches of teh KKK had they not done so.)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wayne-besen/cardinal-george-gay-pride-kkk_b_1182073.html

    I pray for a strong, courageous successor.

  4. Dax says:

    Supertradmum says:

    This was expected. Chicagoan and Midwesterners have been speculating for months on his replacement. He needs to retire for many reasons, and I do not mean that uncharitably. Some want Bishop Finn, but I can’t see that happening.

    Bp. Perry would be a great choice.

  5. Dan says:

    An interesting piece of trivia: His Eminence is the first sitting bishop of Chicago to reach retirement age.

    Personally, I would be thrilled if he were allowed to stay through May of 2014.

  6. Bishop Perry would be a perfect fit, since he says the Traditional Latin Mass.

  7. Mundabor says:

    I hope the Pope pleaseth…

    Mundabor

  8. Ioannes Andreades says:

    I don’t see Cardinal Burke staying in Rome until he is 75. When was the last time someone stayed 15 years as the head of the Ap. Sign.? (Cardinal Corsini (2 Mar 1733–6 Dec 1770)). If he stays where he until he is 65, he will have spent 5 years at the Ap. Sig. (a fairly normal tenure) and still have 10 years to give in Chicago. This way Card. George will celebrate his 50th year as a priest and then be relieved by Cardinal Burke. Early 2014 sounds about right.

    I love idle speculation.

  9. Dr. K says:

    Bishop Perry would be a perfect fit, since he says the Traditional Latin Mass.

    It is unlikely that an auxiliary is going to be named archbishop. Look to the existing diocesan bishops, or possibly another arch. for the next Chicago leader.

    Bp. Perry would be an excellent choice for the upcoming Diocese of Rochester opening.

  10. TNCath says:

    I fully expect Cardinal George to stay on until 2014. My prediction for the next Archbishop of Chicago is Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, currently Archbishop of Seattle.

  11. ContraMundum says:

    He was systematically bullied into apologizing, though I’d say his apology was limited.

    And yet he did apologize. It would have been better for him to have said nothing than to first state the truth, and then apologize for it.

  12. ljc says:

    Olmsted!

  13. catholicmidwest says:

    On the contrary, I wish Cardinal George all the best. He presided over the USCCB during a tough period with the new translations of the Mass, an enormously important issue for the Catholic church’s big picture, whether one prefers the TLM or the NO. He took some necessary but unpopular stands in order to get the work done and for that I am very grateful.

    Besides, I remember the USCCB meeting in Nov 2009 when the votes were taken on the translation. The interchange between Cardinal George and the bishop of Erie was wonderfully funny and overdue. I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed watching “Church TV” more that that.

    I also remember the look on his face on the porch at the Vatican when Benedict XVI was elected. It was pure elation, and that’s what I felt too.

  14. BobP says:

    Happy Birthday, Your Emminence!

  15. cjcanniff says:

    I hope Cardinal George stays at the helm a few more years because he is a wonderful servant of the Church. I met the Cardinal when he was speaking at Boston College in December 2010, and I bought his book “The Difference God Makes” that same day. Some of the discussions in there are particularly interesting now, given the current political climate involving upcoming elections this fall. I recommend that all Catholics read it:
    http://www.amazon.com/Difference-God-Makes-Catholic-Communion/dp/0824526279/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326778835&sr=8-1
    The Catholic Church needs more men like him.

  16. Shoshana says:

    I hope he comes back to Portland! We need him badly!

  17. John Nolan says:

    Pace Ioannes Andreades I would prefer it if Cardinal Burke remained in the Eternal City, rather than being shunted off to the Wild West. There are, after all, more important jobs in Rome than the Signatura.

  18. Supertradmum says:

    OK, not my Chicago friends say it will be Bishop Perry of Milwaukee, as he is African-American, if we are talking about the same one. As to Cardinal George retiring, he needs to let fresh ideas and new blood into a diocese which badly needs renewal.

  19. Supertradmum says:

    oops, not should be now…big difference

  20. cstei says:

    Cardinal Burke would be interesting in Chicago. I wonder how he would handle Saint Sabina.