Rocco is offering some tantalizing hints about who will be named the next Archbishop of Philadelphia — with the announcement reportedly set to drop tomorrow. Reflecting on the supposed choice’s musical preferences, he notes: “Our next Shepherd isn’t (by his own admission) exactly a guy of high-classical taste.”
And he offers this:
And now, back to preparing the rollout piece for what’s set to be the most revolutionary shift of leadership this place has known in at least a century.
In one sense, Phils fans, this is a return to our roots… in another, it’s a reflection of the best gifts our own have given to the wider church…
…yet above all, it marks the beginning of a very new, very different era from the way things have long been ’round here.
God love you a lot forever and may the Lord give you peace… especially to you, buddy — thanks to the heavens for your “yes” to us, and welcome home. Can’t wait to start showing you around the most wonderful place in the world.
That “welcome home” would seem to rule out two high profile names that have been floated lately — notably Denver’s Charles Chaput and Atlanta’s Wilton Gregory, neither of whom (far as I know) have ties to Philly. Some other bishops who do have Philly roots, though, include Las Vegas’s Joseph Pepe, Camden’s Joseph Galante, James Green, of the Holy See’s diplomatic corps (now serving in South Africa), the Virgin Islands’ Herbert Bevard, and Wheeling-Charleston’s Michael Bransfield.
UPDATE: Now Rocco himself seems to have joined the Chaput Choo-Choo. Multiple reports are naming him as the likely pick. If true, it means — among other things — that more people will finally figure out how to pronounce his name.