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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 24, 2005


The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Raymond James Boland in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Robert W. Finn.

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  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2005 3:09 AM ET USA

    AP reports that Bishop Boland's early retirement was occasioned by health problems: He is a colon cancer survivor who has a fatigue-inducing condition called hemochromatosis. "The time has come to say goodbye," Boland told staffers Tuesday morning. "A diocese is not well served by a bishop whose energy is compromised by ailments too boring to enumerate."

  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2005 3:25 PM ET USA

    Last fall, Bishop Boland praised the National Catholic Reporter for its "love for the Church." One finds no such praise, however, for Bishop Finn, whom Bishop Boland describes as "just a neophyte. He's just beginning. He has a lot to learn." Bishop Finn, for his part, says he trusts the teaching Church and laments the contraceptive mentality.

  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2005 10:18 AM ET USA

    What if anything does this portend for the National (Anti-)Catholic Reporter?