Rock has two posts on it already today: Allen Vigneron, ordained for the Archdiocese of Detroit, goes back to Detroit after a six-year sojourn in Oakland. He was an auxiliary bishop for a bit more than six years in Detroit.
This isn’t as bad as some recent episcopal appointments. Nashville acutally has a bishop who was baptized in the cathedral that now seats him. But is it opportune to ask what Archbishop Vigneron “learned” in Oakland that now makes him more “fit” to take over in Detroit? When Cardinal Maida gives his successor a “moving introduction and ‘welcome home!’” is that supposed to make California Catholics feel better? Vigneron, at least, had the good grace to be grateful:
As I move toward the end of these remarks, I want to express my respect and love for the Church in Oakland: for her priests and deacons and for the people we have served together. Even though I experience great peace in accepting the call to Detroit because I know it is God’s will, this peace comes with great sadness at parting. My years of pastoral service in the Diocese of Oakland, while not without significant challenges, have been filled with blessings I will never forget.
So, Californians, take heart: it was God’s will that your Church is a stepping stone to bigger, better, and maybe redder things. Meanwhile, the Diocese of Orange down the road has three bishops. You have the Raiders.
* Careerism in the Episcopacy