From the Aug. 13 edition of The Weekly, newsletter of the chancery of the Oakland diocese:
Archbishop-designate Cordileone Named Apostolic Administrator
Archbishop-designate Cordileone has been notified by the Congregation of Bishops that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Oakland until a new Bishop is appointed and takes canonical possession of the See.
After all there are 168 hours in a week. Quite a workload and a great deal of stress, I hope they find a bishop for Oakland soon. Bishop Cordileone will need a lot of prayer support.
Well, it is a sort of relief to know that a Bishop soon to be Archbishop is still the official overseer of the Diocese of Oakland. However, one wonders why they made the announcement of his promotion before they, apparently, had a candidate for the Oakland position of Bishop. I’m sure that that potential for a lapse in shepherding caused all the community organizing, alinskyite groups to don their wolf’s clothing.
Where do I send in my name for consideration?
haha JLS! Perhaps if you write your name on a piece of paper and burn it in the fireplace the smoke will carry your message to the vatican? I don’t know if they allow jeeps to be driven by Archbishops, though. Better wait.
Yikes, He is busy, I hope our Holy Father combines the two and gives him a red hat, plus, I hope the Holy Spirit gives him a super humble heart and wisdom close to that of Solomon
I may have missed something, but I need a scorecard. The priests of my parish still pray for our Archbishop, George. In a neighboring parish where I went a couple of weeks ago, we prayed for our Apostolic Administrator, George. Yesterday, at a different nearby parish, we prayed for our Apostolic Administrator, Salvatore. The (San Francisco) Cathedral’s Website shows George Niederauer to be Apostolic Administrator. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.
George Niederauer is your Archbishop Emeritus. He is your apostolic administrator, too. Salvatore Cordileone is your archbishop-designate. On October 4th, he will become your archbishop; Archbishop Niederauer will cease being Apostolic Administrator but will continue to be your Archbishop Emeritus.
Modern Catholicism is sure very confusing!
repeat that again,
When a bishop is appointed to another diocese, a successor is not usually named to the diocese he is leaving. There is usually a lapse of several months before a new bishop is appointed, particularly if it is a smaller diocese. In fact, dioceses have been known to go a year or more without a bishop. Priests in high ranking positions, Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia etc., govern the diocese in the absence of a bishop. Major decisions are put on hold pending the appointment of a new bishop. In this case, however, it may not be too long, because of auxiliary bishops in Los Angeles. Maybe one will come up to Oakland?
Bishop Salvatore is not governing the Archdiocese of San Francisco at this time. He is busy tying up loose ends in Oakland. Once he is appointed Archbishop of San Francisco, he will sever all ties with Oakland and will only be in charge of San Francisco.
k’s comment correctly clarified all the bishops’ titles.
CLARIFICATION: I should have said “once Bishop Cordileone is INSTALLED as Archbishop of San Francisco he will sever all ties with Oakland” etc.