Bevilacqua Leaves Complicated Legacy

CBS Philly

By Mike DeNardo and Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Cardinal Anthony Belivacqua died Tuesday night at the age of 88 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, leaving a conflicted legacy.

Bevilacqua served as Archbishop of Philadelphia for 15 years, from 1988 to 2003, succeeding Cardinal John Krol. He was elevated by Pope John Paul II to Cardinal in 1991.

Rocco Palmo, editor of Philadelphia-based website, “Whispers in the Loggia,” that follows the Catholic Church, knew Bevilacqua personally.

“I’m sure half the Catholics in the Archdiocese probably have pictures in their homes of one of their kids with Cardinal Bevilacqua and the mitre — you know, the pointy bishop’s hat — on the kid’s head,” Palmo said. “I’m sure that even for the revelations and accusations the last 10 years, I’m sure there are still a lot of people out there who remember him very well and very fondly.”

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