Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bishop Jerome Litecki of La Crosse appoiinted Archbishop of Milwaukee

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Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse has been appointed to be the new Archbishop of Milwaukee. He replaces Abp. Tim Dolan who is now Archbishop of New York and who will become a Cardinal at the next consistory. Bp. Listecki replaced Bishop Raymond Burke in 2004 when the latter went on to be Archbishop of St. Louis and later Rome. Bp. Listecki originally was from Chicago.

From Rocco, the Prognosticator in his Friday post: "All Roads Lead to Dome" and "Likewise expected tomorrow is the appointment of the eleventh archbishop of Milwaukee, who'll have the equal-part grace and Cross of following "Blessed Tim" in the Beer City."

Meanwhile, the Beer City got its first taste of Archbishop-elect Jerome Listecki as the sharp, animated Milwaukee appointee -- who seems to enjoy mixing it up -- held his first presser at St Francis Seminary, likewise viewable via the local ABC affiliate.

Once Listecki lands in his new charge, keep an eye -- if this morning's any indicator, the marriage should make for fireworks, and some interesting ones at that.

On a chessboard note, of the 13 Stateside archbishops now named by B16 since his 2005 election, the Milwaukee appointment brings the number of suffragans tapped to lead their current province to five. Throw in the two native sons who returned home as archbishop, and the long-frame trend reflects a slight edge for those already well-familiar with what they're coming into.

With LaCrosse and Harrisburg's bishops now assigned elsewhere, the number of vacant Stateside sees (Latin-rite) now rises to seven, with another seven led by ordinaries serving past the retirement age of 75. Whispers in the Loggia

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