The appointment of Archbishop-elect Nelson Perez to become the 10th archbishop of Philadelphia caught many of us by surprise. He had only been the bishop of Cleveland for 28 months! At 58 years old, this is really Pope Francis’ first legacy appointment: Perez could be the leader of the church in Philadelphia for two decades. […]

I anticipate a very different voice coming from Philadelphia’s new archbishop. I do not think he will become a culture warrior of the left, but I also do not think that is what Francis wants. In an important essay this week in Civilta Cattolica, Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro describes Francis’ vision of how the church should engage the political order. […]

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