Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yet another hierarchy update

Today the Holy Father named Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston, South Carolina as bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama. This ends the longest vacancy in U.S. Catholic history (by that, of course, I mean since the Church has been well-established in this country, there have actually been longer vacancies). So, Mother Angelica and company will shortly have a new ordinary. However, while filling a vacancy it creates another one.

Now, including the Diocese of Charleston, the number of vacant dioceses remains at ten. The other diocese that are sede vacante are: Knoxville, Green Bay, the Military Archdiocese, Des Moines, IA; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Shreveport, LA; Great Falls/Billings, MT; Little Rock, AR; New Ulm, MN. Also, the number of ordinaries serving beyond the mandatory retirement age of 75 remains at ten.

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