After his recent Cambridge lecture – and other interventions – nobody could be under the illusion that the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago is an intellectual. Quite to the contrary. But (along with Cardinal Tobin) he is rapidly becoming flavour of the month with the Bergoglian authorities. Not content with snubbing Cardinal DiNardo’s request for a Pontifical visitation to address the American abuse crisis, Francis has now continued the humiliation by appointing Cupich to head-up an alternative scheme.
Blase is the man to watch. He perfectly fills the category recently described by Cardinal Mueller: of ‘theologically uneducated people [who] are being promoted to the rank of bishops who, in turn, think that they have to thank the pope for it by means of a childish submission … “