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You probably already know, but I am just emerging after engaging in the most idiotic, frustrating research this morning and afternoon. Which bore no fruit, anyway.

But here’s today Bishops in the USA:

Appointed Bishop Joseph Anthony Galante, coadjutor of Dallas, U.S.A., as bishop of Camden (area 6,967, population 1,337, 476, Catholics 450,271, priests 353, permanent deacons 115, religious 406 ), U.S.A.

– Appointed Bishop George Thomas, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Seattle, U.S.A., as bishop of Helena (area 134,426, population 509,439, Catholics 67,693, priests 82, permanent 34, religious 49), U.S.A.

– Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Syracuse, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Thomas Joseph Costello upon having reached the age limit.

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Sandra Miesel

posted March 23, 2004 at 3:10 pm

Oh ho, Galante gets something else instead of succeeding to Dallas. Rod Dreher will have interesting things to say, I’m sure.

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Gerard E.

posted March 23, 2004 at 3:28 pm

Something else is not too shabby, Ms. M. The Camden diocese reaches from its namesake city, one of America’s truly depressed towns, to the fleshpots of Atlantic City. In between, numerous affluent and growing suburban communities. And- the good bishop, who grew up in Philly, will be only a
hop/skip/jump away. Bishop Galante will have happy times there- in remarkably diverse locations within that See. Grahmann is stuck in a prison of his own making- serious problems with many orthodox Catholics, the lingering damage of the Rudy Kos scandal. Could lead to a quiet, private departure, and the selection of, say, a young orthodox bishop in the mold of 46-year-old Bishop Michael Burbidge, rector of our St. Charles Seminary. Or- Philly guy replacing (for all intents and purposes) Philly guy. Assuming, of course, that Good Archbishop Chaput will be taking a non-stop flight to Hollywood in case of a ‘sudden’ departure by Cardinal Mahony. Meanwhile, I look forward to meeting Bishop Galante in three or four years-when he’ll probably administer Confirmation to my now-7-year-old nephew. And– he can now get decent gravy at one of South Jersey’s many fine Italian eating establishments. Authority has some rewards to it.

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Mark Shea

posted March 23, 2004 at 3:59 pm

Thomas to Helena? Rats! He’s a pretty good guy! I wonder who, if anybody, will replace him? Brunett can’t do that job alone.

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Tom Harmon

posted March 23, 2004 at 4:11 pm

The people of Helena are very lucky. Bp. Thomas is a wonderful man, holy priest, and a great bishop. Seattle should get a replacement. Who knows who he’ll be, though?

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Gregg the obscure

posted March 23, 2004 at 4:26 pm

Hey Gerard, you have the wrong Denver bishop heading west. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Bishop Jose’ Gomez (current auxiliary in Denver) is next at Our Lady of the Angels. Good news for you west coasters!
Bp. Gomez is not as good of a homilist as Abp. Chaput (which is where Abp. Chaput really excels), but his holiness, insight and ability to relate to people will serve him well in LA.

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Fr. Brian Stanley

posted March 23, 2004 at 4:52 pm

Wilton Gregory to Los Angeles, when the time comes.

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John Hearn

posted March 23, 2004 at 5:07 pm

May the time come soon!

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Fr. Brian Stanley

posted March 23, 2004 at 5:59 pm

Wilton Gregory to Los Angeles, when the time comes.

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Fr. Brian Stanley

posted March 23, 2004 at 6:00 pm

Sorry about the double post.

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posted March 23, 2004 at 6:44 pm

Interesting watching the connection of bishops between Helena and Seattle. Been going on for awhile. Let’s just pray that this bishop is allowed to stay in Helena—they seem to have gotten the shaft with the revolving bishops recently and need a good, lasting bishop for stability and to build up the dwindling priest numbers. Let’s hope this bishop also desires to work with his deacons.

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posted March 23, 2004 at 10:03 pm

Why Wilton Gregory to LA? Why not Peabody Corners, Alaska as a reward for his wonderful work in the USCCB?

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Ray Marshall

posted March 23, 2004 at 10:43 pm

Wasn’t Bishop Galante supposed to take over in Dallas? What’s going on down there?

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posted March 24, 2004 at 12:26 am

Bp. Galante was supposed to take over Dallas in the aftermath of the Rudy Kos fiasco. He was going to rescue the diocese financially, as he had in Beaumont. His pleasant demeanor would be a relief from the perpetually sour-faced Grahmann and the past would be buried. The news tonight had a happy-talk bit about how the two men had their differences in the past but get along fine now. One assumes they get along because Galante gave up and spent his time finagling another assignment.
In fact, Galante seemed to cover for a priest who had a thing for younger (though legal) hispanic males and was involved with internet porn. The shine seemed to come off some more after the bishops’ Dallas meeting last year, although I don’t remember the details.
It may well be that 2 more years of Grahmann will be a small price to pay for avoiding a long Galante regime, if his qualities are mostly surface.

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Steve McCue

posted March 24, 2004 at 2:06 am

Yes, Meaghan, we have gotten the shaft here in the Diocese of Helena in terms of the training program for bishops we have been running the last eleven years, with two newly ordained bishops here in that time, and a total of almost four of those years being “interregnums” (between bishops).
So we are elated to welcome Bishop Thomas as our new bishop. I had the pleasure of attending his first Mass today at our Cathedral, and as a native of the diocese who has lived here almost my whole life (51 years and counting), I can say we welcomed him with open arms and tremendous applause. Although he is a priest of the archdiocese of Seattle, and attended seminary “out there,” he is a native of Anaconda, Montana, was raised in Butte, and attended Carroll College, our diocesan college in Helena, graduating in 1972. With that background, he already knows tons of people here, and is known by them. The priests, diocesan staffers, and people I talked to after Mass were clearly overjoyed at this appointment. Robert Morlino, our previous bishop, didn’t go down well in some quarters (my parish here in Helena!), being from Pennsylvania by way of Michigan, and somewhat stiff and a “throwback” in his liturgical practices and in the way he phrased his theology.
In contrast, people expect that Bishop Thomas will be a great fit with the somewhat more “progressive” brand of Church which predominates here. He quoted Dorothy Day in his homily, which is a clue. Even if some don’t agree with everything he does, he will get much more benefit of the doubt just because he is a native son. We have not had a native of the Helena diocese made bishop of the diocese since Bishop Raymond Hunthausen was appointed in 1962 (he attended the Mass today; I’m told he resides here). Meanwhile, we’ve been shipping our bishops to Seattle — Hunthausen and Brunett from Helena, and Murphy from Great Falls, Montana. As I said to someone after Mass, it’s nice Seattle could finally send one of our guys back!
Bishop Thomas said in his homily that when the papal nuncio called him a week ago with the news, the nuncio hesitated a few seconds before telling him which diocese he was being appointed to. During those few suspenseful seconds, about 30 dioceses went through his mind. When the nuncio said “Helena,” Bishop Thomas thought to himself, “Yes!” When he described this moment to us today, he raised his right arm in the classic affirmation of joy as he said “Yes!” So he is clearly as elated as we are to be coming home as our bishop. We hope he will be here for a long time.

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