Bishop Conley said he does not know when a successor will be appointed but he is certain that they will “carry on the great work of Archbishop Chaput in his 14 years and Cardinal Stafford before him,” describing their legacy as “a great flourishing of the faith” where “a lot of new movements, a lot of new evangelization” took place.
He believed that elsewhere could learn from “the Denver experience” as the universal Church approaches the “Year of Faith” later this year.
In particularl, he thought people should take note of Archbishop Chaput’s ability to “teach the truth in all its clarity, even when challenging people against what the trends are in society, but yet doing it with love and compassion.”
This approach, said Bishop Conley, is particularly successful with young people who have a “genuine openness to truth.”
Watering down the faith does not bring in more converts or priests.
Teaching the faith, expounding on it, defending it and, above all, living by it, is the way to attract people to the Catholic Church.