Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Now, what the heck is a "Coadjutor" and how do you pronounce it?

Speaking of "pronounciation", the National Catholic Reporter, something I don't often consult, says that our new Coadjutor Bishop (or is he a Coadjutor Archbishop?) pronounces his name "Nine-stedt!"

('ə-jū'tər, kō-ăj'ə-tər) pronunciation
  1. A coworker; an assistant. See synonyms at assistant.
  2. An assistant to a bishop, especially one designated to succeed the bishop.

[Middle English coadjutour, assistant, from Latin coadiūtor : co-, co- + adiūtor, assistant (from adiūtāre, to aid; see adjutant).] [www.answers.com]


Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus - Cite This Source
Main Entry: aide
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: assistant
Synonyms: abettor, adjutant, aid, aide-de-camp, assistant, attendant, coadjutant, coadjutor, deputy, girl Friday, helper, lieutenant, man Friday, second, shop, stooge, supporter, troops
Antonyms: boss, leader, superior
Notes: aid is assistance or a source of assistance; aide is an assistant
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)
Copyright © 2007 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.


And in fact, a "Coadjutor Bishop" is whatever his Bishop will let him be. Recently, a Coadjutor Bishop appointed to a major U.S. Diocese wasn't allowed to do anything and ultimately Rome transferred him to his own diocese before he could succeed the Bishop in the diocese of his first appointment. Archbishop Flynn has requested that a Coadjutor Bishop be appointed for St Paul-Minneapolis to ultimately succeed him when he turns 75 in just about a year. So that problem is not expected here.
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