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.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($29,119 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!