I don’t think anyone was expecting this. Certainly I heard no such predictions. Fr Nick has all the details of our new auxiliary bishop in Melbourne (http://apriestdownunder.com/2011/05/20/new-auxilary-bishop-for-melbourne/).
I am looking forward to getting to know Bishop Vincent (as I expect we will call him, since a. He is a religious, and b. Nguyen is a bit difficult to pronounce despite being the second most common surname in Australia next to Smith), and wish him all the best for his ministry among us.
One might observe that in all our speculations about future Bishops, it can be too easy to over look the religious among us. Add to that the fact that Bishop Vincent is a foreign-born priest,… Well, he isn’t Irish, but perhaps the Vietnamese ARE the new “Irish”?
There are lots of interesting angles on this appointment. At the very least, it does seem that the “Australia file” is still open on someone’s desk in Rome, and we can expect more appointments soon.