Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Re-shaping the hierarchy, part III

Today's appointment of Bishop John Nienstedt of New Ulm, Minnesota, as co-adjutor to Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis, who turns 75 in May of 2008, is the cause for today's hierarchy update. Updating last week's post, the number of vacant U.S. dioceses increases to eight, bringing to 26 the number of Roman Rite dioceses in the United States that are vacant, have bishops over the retirement age of 75, or whose bishop will turn 75 within the next 12 months.

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