We may read soon about a nomination of a new Archbishop of Philadelphia. Philadelphia has long brought elevation to the cardinalate. So once did St. Louis and Detroit. Conditions change.
The main candidate I have heard about for Philadelphia is Archbp. Chaput of Denver, but until the actual announcement is made, speculating might be fun but it is effectively empty.
People had been saying that, before TSHTF in Philadelphia, perhaps Card. Rigali might be able to take over the post that the ailing Card. Foley had, thus re-moving Card. Rigali to Rome. But that would be Card. Law 2.0 and, therefore, a p.r. disaster, no?
PROPOSAL 1: May I recommend that you stop, now, and say a prayer to the guardian angels of those who must make this decision?
The priests and people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia must really be anxious these days and the appointment there mustn’t be reduced to the nattering of teens on the telephone.
Include the Holy Father in your prayers, for this appointment must perforce have his direct involvement.
Whether the appointment comes swiftly, as I suspect, or slowly, which is possible, your prayers will not be in vain. I think they would be appreciated by our brethren in Philadelphia and also in the Congregation of Bishops.
These are difficult times. The devil is abroad and has great wrath. The appointment of bishops is always very important and difficult. The bigger the see, the more important the choice, as we have seen to our great consternation.
PROPOSAL 2: If your diocese is presently “sede vacante“, for each minute of gossip – which will go on anyway – spend 10 in prayer.