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Vatican official to head US archdiocese?

CWN - October 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has selected Archbishop Joseph Tobin, the current secretary of the Congregation for Religious, to become the new Archbishop of Indianapolis, according to the Vatican Insider.

The Indianapolis see has been empty since September of last year, when Archbishop Daniel Buechlein resigned. The Vatican has not yet announced his replacement.

If the Vatican Insider report is accurate, it is an unusual appointment, since Archbishop Tobin was appointed to his current role in the Congregation for Religious barely 2 years ago, in August 2010. He had previously been the worldwide leader of the Redemptorist order.

At his Vatican post, Archbishop Tobin quickly drew attention when he signaled that an apostolic visitation of American women’s religious orders would not call for any significant changes. The prefect of the Congregation for Religious, Cardinal Franc Rodé, had given every indication that the Vatican inquiry would conclude with a demand for major reforms. (Cardinal Rodé was subsequently replaced by the Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz.) Archbishop Tobin was reportedly unhappy that a separate Vatican inquiry into the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, conducted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, did issue a clear call for sweeping reform.

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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Oct. 16, 2012 11:13 PM ET USA

    THANK GOODNESS! He almost immediately made clear he was unhappy with the visitation that had been carried out of the women religious and seemed to have no intention of following through on what Rode' had begun and the good work of Mother Millea. He may have many good qualities, but was the wrong choice for head of the Congregation for Religious. I wonder if any progress has been made on a document presenting findings & recommendations, or if he stalled that which would be reason to remove him...

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Oct. 16, 2012 6:40 PM ET USA

    Very interesting, if true. But if he's such a wus at the Congregation, why inflict him on the people of Indianapolis?

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