Five New Bishops Appointed in the U.S.
Rocco from Whispers in the Loggia reports the following:
In the largest one-day blitz of Stateside appointments this decade, this morning Pope Benedict has named:
Bishop Richard Pates, 65, heretofore auxiliary of St Paul and Minneapolis, as bishop of Des Moines;
Fr Anthony Taylor, 53, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and vicar for Ministries in the archdiocese of Oklahoma City, as bishop of Little Rock;
Msgr James D. Conley, 53, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita (and former official of the Congregation for Bishops) as auxiliary to Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. of Denver;
Fr William Justice, 65, vicar for Clergy of the archdiocese of San Francisco, as auxiliary to San Fran Archbishop George Niederauer;
Fr Oscar Cantu, 41, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Houston, as auxiliary to Archbishop Jose Gomez of San AntonioOrdained a Twin Cities auxiliary in 2001 by Archbishop Harry Flynn, Pates — a onetime locale at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington in the days of Archbishop Jean Jadot (to whom he’s said to remain close) — enjoys a reputation as a proven pastor, “builder” and fund-raiser.