Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Oh, and besides Murdoch, is there any other news about powerful conservative institutions?

Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Roman Catholic leader of Philadelphia, is expected to announce his retirement on Tuesday, some five months after the 1.5 million-member archdiocese was convulsed by evidence that officials had ignored sexual-abuse charges against dozens of currently active priests.

Oh yeah. It gets better. (For sufficiently weird definitions of "better.")

Cardinal Rigali, 76, who is planning to step down later this year, will be replaced by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver, 66, a Native American who is known for his aggressive public opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage …

It's almost hard to imagine how the Catholic Church could be losing membership.

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