Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Archbishop Bathersby's resignation

The news is just officially out (though of course the Courier Mail seems to have either breached the embargo or been given the story in advance by "other" sources) that the Pope has accepted Archbishop Bathersby of Brisbane's resignation on reaching the age limit.

Interestingly, Bishop Jarrett of Lismore has been appointed Apostolic Administrator.

Presumably the idea is for him to take a year or two to start the much needed clean up process (Bishop Jarrett would have been an obvious candidate for the vacancy, but he is already 74 himself so presumably hoping to retire in the not too distant future!) in order to make things easier for the eventual permanent appointee.

Some interesting messages in all both for Queensland hopefuls and the more ambitious amongst our existing bishops hoping for a move...


That makes two out of the five Queensland dioceses officially vacant (with at least one more rumoured to be...).
 
And of course, this is only one of the several vacancies coming up.

3 comments:

Schütz said...

Here's a guess about what is going on: are they preparing for the amalgamation of Armidale and Lismore???

Schütz said...

Here's a guess about what is going on: are they preparing for the amalgamation of Armidale and Lismore???

Joshua said...

I seem to recall that Armidale has far fewer seminarians than Lismore, and it would be logical to combine these dioceses, which were originally one if I recall correctly.