Few things are more important about a Pope long term than the bishops he appoints. There are 5,065 of them, and of course any Pope can have personal knowledge of only a fraction of them, and therefore an appointment of an individual bishop usually says little about the views of a Pope. However, Archbishops and Cardinals tend to come under greater Vatican scrutiny when they are chosen. That makes the appointment of Bishop Leonard Blair to be the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut. Whispers in the Loggia gives us some background:
A protege of the now-retired Cardinal Edmund Szoka who served as secretary to the Michigan money-whiz during Szoka’s days as head of the prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and Governor of Vatican City, the archbishop-elect is best known on the wider scene as a linchpin player in the Holy See’s controversial doctrinal probe of the LCWR, the principal “umbrella-group” for the superiors of the nation’s religious women. In 2009, Blair was tapped by Rome to conduct the initial inquest into LCWR’s adherence to certain aspects of church teaching, at whose conclusion he became one of two bishop-assistants to the delegate for the CDF’s ordered five-year “reform” process, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch views the appointment of the new Archbishop as a positive development for those in the Catholic wing of the Catholic Church. As Father Z notes, the appointment is driving all the right people bonkers:
Over at Fishwrap (aka the National Schismatic Reporter), venomous writer Michael Sean Winters threw a spittle-flecked nutty about the appointment of Most Rev. Leonard Blair as the new Archbishop of Hartford.
I won’t go into the details of MSW’s spittle-flecks.
I’ll just observe that, under Pope Francis, bishops are not being penalized for involvement in the doctrinal assessment of the LCWR. They are being promoted.
The catholic left is working harder and harder to maintain their hopey changey patter about the most wonderfulest fluffiest pope ehvur.
They will eventually turn on Francis.
From your mouth to God’s ear Father. Go here to read the Father Z’s blog post and the comments.