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The Changing Landscape

January 5th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

From Catholic News Service:

Twenty-one US bishops could retire for age reasons in 2011

By Nancy Frazier O’Brien
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Five U.S. cardinals and 16 other U.S. bishops could retire because of age this year.

There are 12 active U.S. bishops, including three cardinals, who have already turned 75. Two cardinals and seven other bishops will celebrate their 75th birthday in 2011.

At age 75, bishops are requested to submit their resignation to the pope.


The highlights for the 2011 retirements: Card. Roger Mahony (successor already named) and Bishop Donald Trautman. The American hierarchy is greatly changing, and it would appear to be for the better.

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One Response to “The Changing Landscape”

  1. avatar Hopefull says:

    Excellent commentary and weighing of possibilities. One point that seems missed is the strong emotional attraction to making it to the magic 33 years, like St. Peter. I wouldn’t underestimate that factor.

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