Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Bishop watch

You should be able to hear cheers in Lake Charles from here. After a nearly two year vacancy, the Vatican announced that a Lafayette priest will be the diocese's new bishop.

As well, the successor to Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann was announced. He reached the age limit (75) for bishops in July.

Why do we care in Shreveport? Well, I hope this means the process is moving forward, and we won't have to wait as long as Lake Charles for a replacement for Bishop William Friend, who retired in December. According to Catholic Hierarchy, there are four other vacant dioceses in the United States, including some big ones like Pittsburgh. And I know several others have bishops who are past retirement age and waiting for a replacement.

If you want more insider gossip, this is one of the best places to check.

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