UPDATE 3: I surmise on what it means if it indeed turns out (as it is looking more likely it will) that Abp. Chaput is headed to Philadelphia.
UPDATE 2: Rocco Palmo joins the chorus of steady voices saying it’s going to be +Chaput for Philly. If so, that would be incredible. But until we hear officially, rumors are just rumors.
UPDATE: A local reporter for the Philly Inquirer adds his voice to those saying Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is headed to Philly.
NewAdvent says a reshuffle is impending. This could be big news:
Pope Benedict XVI will accept Cardinal Justin Rigali’s resignation this week, the Daily News has learned.
Sources told the Daily News yesterday that the front-runner to replace the embattled cardinal is Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, a Native American.
… With public pressure mounting, Catholic commentators say that a spotlight is shining on Philadelphia.
“This is the most high-stakes personnel move Pope Benedict is making as pope,” said Rocco Palmo, of Philadelphia, author of the Catholic-oriented blog Whispers in the Loggia. “Every bishop in the country is watching. They know it will reflect on them and their archdiocese. The eyes of the Catholic world are on Philly right now.”
Palmo said the pope decided two weeks ago who would become the city’s next cardinal. – Philadelphia Inquirer
I haven’t heard anything personally about +Chaput being chosen for Philadelphia. We need to keep the appointee –whoever he is– in our prayers. Philadelphia is a very troubled archdiocese these days and whoever is chosen to succeed +Rigali will have his work cut out for him.
When I hear something, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, what are you hearing?