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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The pope's man in Chicago

The pope's man in Chicago

Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich to be the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, Wash., has been described in media accounts as a "moderate" within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, this is exactly what he is, an advocate of dialogue and civility. He's also wise about rejecting labels. Parrying at his first news conference after his appointment was announced, he offered this response when asked if the moderate tag fit him: "I am going to try to be attentive to what the Lord wants. Maybe if there is moderation in that,...