Father Pio Pace at Rorate Caeli gives us the back story on the appointment of Bishop Cupich to head the Archdiocese of Chicago:
It is very necessary to understand the full measure of the nomination of the extreme liberal bishop Blase Cupich to the see of Chicago, replacing Cardinal Francis George.
Cupich’s promotion to this particularly important position, that usually entails the elevation to the cardinalatial red, was a personal decision of Pope Francis himself. More precisely, the Pope imposed his candidate on Cardinal Ouellet and the Congregation for Bishops, under the desperate suggestion of the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò. We know well that those men who are particularly authoritarian, such as Francis, also are, in many cases, easily manipulated by those who learn how to read them. Moreover, it is enough to waggle before the eyes of the Pope the scarecrow called Cardinal Burke to lead him in one direction or another, because he has kept against the Prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura an extremely strong rancor after the 2013 conclave, in which the American Cardinal was one of those who tried to thwart his path to the pontificate.
Nuncio Viganò also has lots of scores to settle. He was, at the Secretariat of State, one of the most influential members of the close entourage of Archbishop (later also Cardinal) Fernando Filoni, when Filoni was the all-powerful Sostituto at the 1st Section (General Affairs), before being named Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. First named Secretary of the Governatorate of Vatican City State, Viganò was then made, to his great displeasure, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, a high diplomatic post, and that is in itself far from being a place of exile. (We recall the “leak” of his letter addressed to Benedict XVI to denounce the “corruption” in the administration of the Vatican City State.) It is true that while the Nuncio to the United States, when retired, often enters the College of Papal Electors, that is not always the case. For Abp. Viganò, 73 years old, time is pressing, because there are almost no chances left for him to become the head of a Congregation. But to achieve a nomination such as that of Blase Joseph Cupich to Chicago makes one’s reputation.
to read the rest. The machinations behind papal appointments tend to be as appetizing as watching pigs being slaughtered or laws being made. One thing can be safely assumed however. This was not the appointment of the Bishop for North Lost in the Woods. This was a major appointment and I think it is unimaginable that Pope Francis did not intend to send a strong and unmistakable message with this appointment, and it is a message directly contrary to that of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Back to the Past is the order of the day, forty-six years in the past. PopeWatch submits that the best that orthodox Catholics can hope for from Pope Francis is that he will be another Paul VI, a man who unintentionally looses a wave of heterodoxy throughout the Church that will cripple and plague the Church for decades.