Theres a rhetoric at times that happens with our immigrants that is just not dignified, and we have to respect the dignity of the human person, he said. It is the role of the state and the government to protect our dignity.
Archbishop Chaput, the first Native American archbishop and a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, said he would continue to live in Philadelphia and be involved in the archdiocese. He plans to take three months to read, cook and pray, and then resume activities like giving talks and leading retreats.
A significant posting for the church in the United States, the archdiocese of Philadelphia is traditionally a cardinals seat, meaning that its leader is usually named a cardinal, the churchs highest clerical rank after pontiff. Cardinals younger than 80 elect the pope, giving them critical sway in the future of the church.
Pope Francis notably never elevated Archbishop Chaput for the red hat. That denial has frustrated many conservatives, especially as Francis appointed a cardinal and ally to the archdiocese of Newark, which had never before had a cardinal, and which has outsize prominence as part of the New York media market.
In a June 2017 interview, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, then the top doctrinal watchdog in the Roman Catholic Church, said he was disappointed that the archbishop of Philadelphia had not been elevated to cardinal because the appointment of the cardinals should not be a personal relation with the pope to these bishops. Asked why Francis had declined to make the appointment, he said politics.
Weeks later, Francis removed Cardinal Müller from his position.
As it became clear that Francis would never make Archbishop Chaput a cardinal, many church analysts noted that the conservative became more vocal in his criticism, at times using a column on the archdioceses website as a soapbox to express a dissonant view.
Archbishop Chaput was also a firm administrator, tapped to reform a region in financial and spiritual disarray after extensive allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in the area. A county grand jury in 2005 reported that leaders of the Philadelphia archdiocese, including two cardinals, had covered up extensive sexual abuse of minors.