Friday, January 25, 2008

Hierarchy update

It almost escaped my notice that yesterday the Holy Father appointed Msgr. James Vann Johnston of the clergy of Knoxville, TN as the bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. MO. Msgr. Johnston succeeds Bishop John J. Leibrecht, whose resignation, submitted when he turned 75 more than two years ago, was accepted by the Pope.

This appointment brings the number of ordinaries serving beyond the mandatory retirement age of 75 down to nine. These prelates are Cardinals Maida and Egan of Detroit and New York respectively, as well as Archbishops Hughes of New Orleans; Lipscombe of Mobile, AL and Curtiss of Omaha, NE. The others are Bishop D'Arcy of Ft. Wayne/South Bend; Mengeling of Lansing, MI; Murray of Kalamazoo, MI, Moynihan of Syracuse, NY.

The sede vancante dioceses in the United States are Charleston, South Carolina; Msgr. Johnston's native Knoxville, Tennessee; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Shreveport, Louisiana; Juneau, Alaska; Little Rock, Arkansas; New Ulm, Minnesota.

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