What are your memories of Anthony Bevilacqua?

    Retired Cardinal and former Archbishop of Philadelphia Anthony Bevilacqua died overnight at the age of 88. What are your chief memories of the man?

    Retired Cardinal and former Archbishop of Philadelphia Anthony Bevilacqua died overnight at the age of 88. An archdiocese spokeswoman said he had been battling an undisclosed form of cancer.

    Had you ever met or interacted with Bevilacqua? What are your chief memories of the man?

    Tell us in the comments below.

    Despite suffering symptoms of dementia, he was just days ago ruled competent as a witness in the forthcoming trial of Monsignor William Lynn and three Philadelphia priests accused of child sex abuse. In his career, he was criticized but never charged in two investigations into child sex abuse allegations. 

    Doubtless the 1.5 million Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese will remember more than that about him. In a highly charged atmosphere of accusations and investigations, finding a way to keep faith might be a struggle for some. Others may get by on memories of better days.

    Tell us below what you remember about Anthony Bevilacqua.

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