Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hierarchy update

UPDATE: Yesterday it was announced that Bishop Ronald Gilmore of the Diocese of Dodge City, KS resigned and that Pope Benedict XVI named John Balthasar Brungardt, priest of the Diocese of Wichita, KS, as the new bishop of Dodge City. Bishop Gilmore resigned at age 68 due to reasons of health in accordance with Can. 401 §2, which states that "[a] diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office." Bishop-elect Brungardt is 52.

For obvious reasons, I am posting the picture below of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupé, which is the mother church for the diocese of Dodge City

Given the one-for-one swap (i.e., a bishop retiring and new bishop being named, not transferred from elsewhere), this move does not affect the number of vacant sees in the United States.

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Eusebius Beltran of Oklahoma City, who served more than a year beyond the mandatory canonical retirement age for bishops, which is 75. His successor is Archbishop-designate- Paul Coakley, who until today served as the bishop of Salina, Kansas. Coakley is 55.

With Bishop Coakley's transfer there are currently 4 vacant Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S.: Salina, KS; Fresno, CA; Joliet in Illinois; Rapid City, SD. The Ruthenian archeparchy of Pittsburgh also remains vacant.

With Archbishop Beltran's retirement, there are nine ordinaries serving past age 75- Justin Cardinal Rigali archbishop of Philiadelphia; Bishops Boland of Savannah, GA; Sevilla of Yakima, WA; McCormack of Manchester, NH; Adamec of Altoona-Johnstown, PA; Bruskewitz of Lincoln, NE; Galeone of St. Augustine, FL; Zipfel of Bismarck, ND; Gettelfinger of Evansville, IN.


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