Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hierarchy update

October is proving to be a busy month for episcopal appoitments in the U.S. Yesterday, the Holy Father appointed Fr. Paul D. Etienne a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The bishop-elect is 50. Bishop-elect Etienne succeeds Bishop David Ricken, who was transferred to the Diocese of Green Bay in July 2008.

With the this appointment eight Latin Rite bishops in the U.S. continue to serve past the canonical retirement age of 75 and 6 Latin Rite dioceses are vacant: Owensboro, KY; Milwaukee, WI; Ogdensburg, NY; Springfield, Il; Austin, TX; Scranton, PA.

Veni Sancti Spiritus, veni per Mariam.


  1. On a vaguely related note, what do you think of the new provision for Anglicans? I'll be interested to see the results, though I admit to wondering how bad the property disputes might get. (I'm guessing the argument that a lot of the sufficiently old UK churches began as Catholic ones anyway won't be universally persuasive).

  2. I think the Holy Father is a very wise man. He is responding to the requests of many to reunite with Rome. There is much goodness and beauty in the Anglican tradition. I think you're right, even though you are, correct, that that argument would win. We'll wait and see.


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