Appointment for Bishops

croziersWith the appointment of Archbishop Cupich to the Congregation of Bishops, does this mean we’ll be seeing a sea change in those who head American sees?

More bishops aligned with the priorities of Pope Francis? That’s what most people seem to think.

It seems likely that there will be a positive impact on the failures connected with the administration of sexual predators:

At the same time, another competence of the congregation bears noting: far more than merely providing for appointments, Bishops enjoys sweeping authority to investigate prelates for alleged misconduct and recommend their removal from office. Having scored high marks for his handling of abuse, child protection and other good-governance issues both as a diocesan bishop and USCCB chair, as Cupich has already made a public call to urge the effective implementation of Francis’ new norms to combat abuse of office by bishops and religious superiors, he’s now been placed squarely in a position to push the project to a thorough conclusion.

I wonder if we’ll continue to see bishops from smaller dioceses promoted to large ones.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Appointment for Bishops

  1. Liam says:

    The pattern of promotion under Pope Francis has been more typically up more than across, as it were, and if across someone with a prior connection thereto. Much depends on the nuncio, but it’s been a largely uncommented on shift.

  2. Tony Phillips says:

    There’s something seriously wrong with the idea that the pope should be appointing bishops to dioceses worldwide. That’s not how it should be.
    I’m not saying I have the answer–the Church is in such a mess I wouldn’t dare suggest that local diocese should elect their bishops. Certainly in the political sphere we’ve seen that democracy has by and large been a failure. But the pope isn’t the church’s CEO, and he shouldn’t have a say-so over who’s our bishop.

  3. FrMichael says:

    “Having scored high marks for his handling of abuse, child protection and other good-governance issues both as a diocesan bishop…” What? Is that how his time in Rapid City and Spokane being considered?

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