Some good news for the archdiocese
If ever there was an organization that needed some good news, it’s the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Yesterday, they got it. The pope is coming.
Early yesterday morning, as he wrapped up the World Conference on Families in Milan, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI announced the confab would reconvene again in 2015 in the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput made a quick jaunt to Italy to get the news.
The guess is that this not just happenstance.
The archdiocese has been under siege for the last two months as daily headlines have screamed the latest details in the Philadelphia priest child-sex abuse trial.
As I write this the jury mulling the fate of Monsignor William Lynn will begin its second day of deliberations. A verdict is likely to come this week.
The last visit by a pontiff occurred in 1979, when Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass before about a million people on Logan Circle.