Tuesday
Jun272017

From The Desk of Father Eugene

     As most of you have heard that Bishop Thompson will become the next Archbishop of Indianapolis and he will be installed on July 28.  Between now and then, Bishop Thompson’s title will change from bishop to administrator for our diocese.  At Mass in the Eucharistic Prayer, he will be referred to as, “Charles our administrator,” or “our administrator Charles.”  After July 28, a priest from our diocese will be the administrator until a new bishop has been named.  This priest is picked by seven priests from our diocese who are called ‘consulters.’  Consulters have been chosen by the bishop for this role of picking a priest to lead during this time of transition.  A question many may ask is, “How is a Bishop appointed?”  The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rest with the pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses.  But how does he know whom to select?  The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome.  An Apostolic Nuncio is much like an ambassador and there is one for each nation.  The Apostolic Nuncio will gather names of priests from that area from bishops and priests.  They also ask about the needs of the particular diocese in regards to leadership. Eventually three names of priests are given to the Apostolic Nuncio.  He then sends them to Rome to a department called, the “Congregation for Bishops,” which then looks over the names and makes a recommendation that is then sent to the Pope.  The Pope can refuse all three choices and ask for a new set of names or choose from the three.  If you want to see in greater detail the steps of how a bishop is chosen look under the USCCB website and search, “How Bishops are appointed.”

 

     How long will it be before a new bishop is named?  No one knows for sure but Cardinal Tobin, the last bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, left for his new assignment in New Jersey around the beginning of the new-year and a successor was named in mid-June with installation occurring July 28.  Please pray to the Holy Spirit for our next Bishop along with Charles our administrator.

 

                                                God Bless, Fr. Eugene

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