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Silence binds those who pick successor
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 6-10-06 | Craig Smith

Posted on 06/10/2006 5:34:26 PM PDT by Cavalcabo

The process of picking a replacement for Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl is shrouded in secrecy, with participants bound by a vow of silence about those under consideration.

Wuerl does not have a hand in picking his successor, but "the bishop's advice is taken into account," said Jim Hitchcock, a professor of history at St. Louis University and observer of the politics of the church.

A temporary administrator for the Pittsburgh diocese will be elected June 23, the day after Wuerl officially is installed as archbishop of Washington, said diocesan spokesman the Rev. Ron Lengwin. That administrator, who must be at least 35 and have been a priest for five years, will serve until a new bishop is named...

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TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: wuerl
Among those mentioned as possible successors are: Pittsburgh Auxiliary Bishop Paul Bradley, 60; Bishop John Nienstedt, 59, of New Ulm, Minn.; Bishop Robert Carlson, 61, of Saginaw, Mich.; Bishop David Zubik, 56, of Green Bay; Bishop Thomas Tobin, 58, of Providence, R.I.; and Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, 61, abbot of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Westmoreland County.
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