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A cardinal's waning influence

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 11, 2004

As a rule, an archbishop has a great deal of influence over the appointment of bishops in his metropolitan region. And a cardinal can influence appointments in nearby metropolitan regions as well.

Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles didn't show much influence in the selection of a new bishop for Oakland, California: a prelate who came from Detroit with a reputation for orthodoxy. But Oakland isn't in the LA region.

Cardinal Mahony also wasn't pulling the strings when another orthodox bishop, from Wichita, was appointed in Phoenix-- which is in the LA region.

And now there's a new auxiliary bishop for the LA archdiocese itself: from the Philippines, by way of Louisiana.

It's hard to determine who is the kingmaker here. It's easy to determine who isn't.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jan. 12, 2004 11:01 AM ET USA

    If "Off the Record" were a regular blog my comment would simply be "Meow!". Since it isn't, my comment is "Diogenes, you've done it again! That's a real insight".

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