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Bishop Vasa Named Coadjutor of Santa Rosa

January 24th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Whispers in the Loggia reports today that Bishop Robert Vasa, a strong defender of life and marriage who is currently serving as bishop of the Diocese of Baker, has been named the coadjutor bishop (notice the growing trend toward coadjutor transitions) of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Bishop Daniel Walsh, the current head of the Santa Rosa diocese, is 73 years old, and three months younger than our own bishop, Matthew Clark.

Here are excerpts from the article:

“In an ecclesiastical province that’s long been regarded as one of the nation’s most progressive, Vasa’s appointment marks the second straight importing of a figure with well-established conservative [orthodox] cred, following early 2009’s naming of Bishop Salvatore Cordileone to Oakland. The church’s standout voice of advocacy for the passage of Proposition 8 — California’s successful referendum on protecting traditional marriage (currently under challenge in Federal court) — the East Bay prelate was recently named the US bishops’ new lead spokesman for the national church’s significant efforts on the defense of marriage.

Vasa’s Mass of Welcome in the 150,000-member diocese will be held on 6 March.”

This is good news for the people of Santa Rosa. The Holy Father continues to hit on most of his episcopal appointments.

537 days.

Update 9:42 PM – An interview with Bishop Vasa conducted by Catholic World Report can be read by clicking here.

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7 Responses to “Bishop Vasa Named Coadjutor of Santa Rosa”

  1. Mike says:

    In an ecclesiastical province that’s long been regarded as one of the nation’s most progressive …

    Would anyone know how the Ecclesiastical Province of New York stacks up against the other 34 EPs in the U.S. on the “progressive Catholicism” scale?

  2. Dr. K says:

    We gotta be at or near the bottom having Rochester and Albany.

  3. Christopher says:

    Have there been any “questionable” appointments thus far just out of curiosity?

  4. Dr. K says:

    Not everyone is a fan of Wuerl.

  5. Matt says:

    I’m not. Fr Z isn’t.

  6. Matt says:

    I haven’t been impressed with Neinstedt, either.

  7. Matt says:

    by neinstedt, i meant niederauer.

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