Archbishops Place Their Super Bowl Bets

Eagles Fan Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Patriots fan Cardinal Sean O’Malley

The Archbishops of Philadelphia and Boston have officially placed their bets on Super Bowl LII where the Eagles and the Patriots will face off on Sunday.

Catholic Philly is reporting on the wager made by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Cardinal Sean O’Mally with each agreeing to pay money to a charity if their opponent wins.

Archbishop Chaput pledged a $100 donation to Catholic Charities of Boston if the Patriots prevail and Cardinal Sean O’Malley will donate $100 to Philadelphia’s St. John’s Hospice, a charity that provides emergency services to homeless men, if the Eagles win.

Archbishop Chaput is predicting a close game with the Eagles winning 24-20. Cardinal O’Malley is giving the Patriots more points and predicts a 34-21 New England victory.

O’Malley and Chaput, who are both Capuchin Franciscans and friends from their seminary days, are also adding the famous Philadelphia cheesesteaks and Boston lobsters to the wager.

“Each year the Super Bowl is viewed by millions of people throughout the world,” read a Jan. 31 statement from Chaput and O’Malley.

“In the spirit of friendly competition, we have issued our wager because we have confidence in our teams and, more importantly, based on our admiration for the commitment of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots to assist their local communities and respond to the needs of the less fortunate,” the statement continued.

Regardless of who wins, “We pray for a safe and enjoyable Super Bowl for both teams and all spectators, and that the gifts of God’s love and peace may bring us closer together as a society.”

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