PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput (chap-YEW') took the helm of the troubled Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia on Thursday by telling followers "the church is not defined by her failures."
The outspoken Chaput didn't shy away from veiled references to the church's woes, chief among them in Philadelphia the clergy sex-abuse crisis.
Chaput says Catholics should not be "defined by critics or those who dislike us."
The 66-year-old Chaput is known as a conservative leader, devoted to evangelism and outspoken about his disapproval of "cafeteria Catholics" and Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.
In a lighter moment in his homily, the new arrival from Denver likened his Philadelphia post to "an arranged marriage" – with the pope as matchmaker.
But he said arranged marriages work if people get to know and love each other.