Roman Catholics: The Next Cardinal

As a young seminarian at Rome's North American College, Archbishop John Patrick Cody of New Orleans once served Mass for a newly ordained priest named Albert Meyer. Last week Cody, 57, was named to succeed the late Cardinal Meyer as Archbishop of Chicago. As head of the nation's largest archdiocese (2,400,000 Roman Catholics), he is a sure bet to be named the next U.S. cardinal.

American bishops are traditionally better known for their building programs than for their theological skills. Cody is no exception. Son of a St. Louis fireman, he graduated in 1932 from the North American College, traditional...

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