The “Australian File” open in Rome?

With the appointment yesterday of the second new bishop for Australia in as many weeks, I am wondering if the “Australian File” has had the dust blown off it and is lying open on someone’s desk in Rome…

In which case, sooner or later, they will come across the fact that we have a couple of vacancies here in Victoria, ie. in Sandhurst (to fill the vacancy of the dearly beloved Bishop Joe) and one here in Melbourne, where we usually have four active auxiliaries. I wonder if the file works “up the coast” or “down”?

Of course, as everyone is always pointing out, we have a number of Archdiocesan seats due for retirement. Perhaps the “Australian File” has been opened to fill some of the lesser vacancies first? All speculation, of course. And what would I know. So don’t tell anyone you got it from me if you want to continue to be respected as “knowlegable” on these things!

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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