Rigali to stop down; Denver’s Chaput to lead Philadelphia Archdiocese

Cardinal Justin Rigali is expected to step down Tuesday after eight tumultuous years leading the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The 76-year-old Rigali is under pressure for his handling of a long-running priest sex-abuse scandal.

The independent National Catholic Reporter, citing unnamed sources, says Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday will name Archbishop Charles Chaput (sha-PEW) of Denver to succeed him.

A Philadelphia grand jury found this year that many area priests remained in active ministry despite credible allegations of sexual abuse. And a 2005 grand jury report found that the church hid credible sex-abuse complaints made against dozens of Philadelphia priests.

Rigali submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday last year as required, but the pope has not acted on it.

The archdiocese, with nearly 1.5 million Roman Catholics, is not commenting.

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