Thursday, January 3, 2008

Hierarchy update

This morning the Holy Father appointed the first bishop for the United States in this new year when he named Bishop Patrick James Zurek, auxiliary of the archdiocese of San Antonio, U.S.A., as bishop of Amarillo, Texas. He succeeds Bishop John Walter Yanta, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted upon his having reached the age limit.

The number of ordinaries serving beyond the mandatory retirement age of 75 remains at ten, with Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans turning 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations, on 2 December 2007. This number also includes Cardinals Maida and Egan of Detroit and New York respectively, as well as Archbishops Lipscombe of Mobile, AL and Curtiss of Omaha, NE. The others are Bishop D'Arcy of Ft. Wayne/South Bend Bishops Leibrecht of Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO; Mengeling of Lansing, MI; Murray of Kalamazoo, MI, Moynihan of Syracuse, NY.

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