Philadelphia bypassed again for red hat, but is it really a snub?

When Pope Francis recently named a class of 14 new cardinals, he bypassed U.S. clergymen, including Philadelphia's archbishop.

Mark Abrams
May 26, 2018 - 9:30 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- When Pope Francis recently named a class of 14 new cardinals, he bypassed U.S. clergymen, including Philadelphia's archbishop. But a journalist with a worldwide profile who covers Catholic Church issues says it's by no means a snub or political slap against Philadelphia.

Kathryn Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review. She says the pope's cardinal-elect choices reflect his desire for inclusion of clergy from places across the globe, including Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are in the minority.

Lopez says she knows Archbishop Charles Chaput well and was here in Philadelphia for the pope's 2015 visit. She says the two are focused on the same mission.
 
"Archbishop Chaput not becoming cardinal isn't any reflection on him or the church in Philadelphia," Lopez said. "I think that great fruits continue to come from the papal visit, some of which we won't know until many years down the line."

Lopez says anyone trying to put a political spin on the relationship between Chaput and the pope and the lack of a "red hat" for Philadelphia isn't really tuned in to what's going on.