New bishops

New bishops

The Holy Father may be gravely ill, but he’s still working. The Vatican this morning announced eight new bishop appointments. The most significant was the appointment of Bishop Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, to succeed Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo of Managua.

Some of the media are reporting 17 new bishops and archbishops were appointed, but I don’t know where they’re getting that information. The official Vatican press statements only included the eight, unless there was a newer statement that I haven’t seen yet.

Update: According to this article he did appoint that many bishops and archbishops today, or more accurately, he approved them over the past few weeks and only today were the names released.

A bishop is notified of his appointment some time before it is made public to allow him to prepare, but when a pope dies, all pending appointments become null and void. They must have cleared out the queue in fear of the impending death.

  • The most significant appointment for New Englanders actually came yesterday:

    31-March-2005 —Vatican Information Service  

    VATICAN CITY, MAR 31, 2005 (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Youngstown, U.S.A., as bishop of Providence (area 3,143, population 1,063,200, Catholics 649,188, priests 407, permanent deacons 107, religious 895), U.S.A. He succeeds Bishop Robert E. Mulvee whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese was accepted by the Holy Father, upon having reached the age limit.

    Didn’t see if you had previously reported this.  Anyone know anything about Bp. Tobin?

  • The number may be a misinterpretation of a headline noting new appointments and resignations.

    Corriere della Sera reports: “18 names among accepted resignations and new appointments”

  • Seamole,

    Doing a quick search of Google, I see an article by Carl E. Olson written for the NCRegister about a column that Tobin has been writing in his diocesan paper.  It’s good, he’s good, and Karl Keating likes him, too.  I think you’re safe.

  • Don’t forget that most likely the Pope worked on these appointments a few days ago, when he was better, but were only announced today.