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 a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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