Auxiliary to auxiliary

Auxiliary to auxiliary

This jumped out at me in today’s Vatican bulletin:

Appointed Bishop William Kenny C.P., auxiliary of the diocese of Stockholm, Sweden, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Birmingham (area 8,735, population 5,245,000, Catholics 286,442, priests 358, permanent deacons 76, religious 705), Great Britain.

It seems unusual to me that an auxiliary bishop in a Swedish diocese would be appointed as an auxiliary bishop of a British diocese. It’s not unusual for non-natives to be made bishops in countries without large native Catholic populations—it’s common in Africa and Asia—and I suppose Sweden might have a small Catholic population.

Still, it seems odd especially since auxiliary bishops aren’t usually re-appointed as auxiliaries in another diocese. Lateral moves are uncommon. By the way, C.P. means he’s a Passionist priest.

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Domenico Bettinelli