Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Two new Bishops in the US indicate policy of continuity for Pope Francis

Twenty-six days after his election, Pope Francis has brought the US' Appointment Shop back to life with two domestic nods among a spate of others.

Even so, however, this first round is a keen exercise in continuity.

At Roman Noon today, the pontiff named Bishop Michael Jackels of Wichita as archbishop of Dubuque.

A CDF aide to the future Pope Benedict  from 1997-2005, the Kansas prelate – who turns 59 on Saturday – succeeds Archbishop Jerome Hanus OSB, 72, at the helm of the church in Iowa, a bastion of tradition in the historic outpost that's home to the famous "Field of Dreams."

Following a year's worth of reports indicating that consultations for his successor were underway, in a statement released this morning, Hanus said that "my health has declined in recent years.

"As a result," the onetime abbot of Conception revealed, "some time ago I submitted my resignation as archbishop to the proper authorities."

One of John Paul II's final appointees to the Stateside bench, such was the archbishop-elect's comfort with his longtime boss that, when Jackels stepped up to greet Benedict during the annual orientation for new bishops in September 2005, the now Pope-emeritus is said to have exclaimed "Look at you!" at the sight.

Not having seen Joseph Ratzinger since his election, the story goes that the junior prelate shot right back at Benedict, responding "Look at YOU!"

At the same time, Francis tapped Msgr John Folda, 51 – a considerable talent who's served as rector of Lincoln's St Gregory the Great Seminary almost since its opening in 1998 – as bishop of Fargo, succeeding Archbishop Samuel Aquila, who was transferred home to Denver last May.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

"From the bench"

People really use "the bench" to describe the episcopacy? Okay...