Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hierarchy update

Yesterday, with his third U.S. episcopal appointment of this new year, the Holy Father named fifty-one year-old Msgr. Edward J. Burns from Pittsburgh as bishop of Juneau, Alaska. This appointment leaves eight dioceses in the U.S. without ordinaries:

Biloxi, Mississippi; Charleston, South Carolina; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Duluth, Minnesota; Gallup, New Mexico; Oakland, California; Owensboro, Kentucky; St. Louis, Missouri.

The number of bishops currently serving beyond the mandatory retirement age (i.e., bishops whose resignations the Holy Father has not accepted) is now eleven.

Archbishops: Cardinal Egan of New York; Hughes of New Orleans; Curtiss of Omaha, NE; Brunett of Seattle, WA.

Bishops: D'Arcy of Ft. Wayne/South Bend, IN; Murray of Kalamazoo, MI; Moynihan of Syracuse, NY; Tafoya of Pueblo, CO; Cullen of Allentown, PA: Higi of Lafayette in Indiana, and Carmody of Corpus Christi, TX.

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