Friday, December 23, 2005

Another Day, Another Dollar, Another New US Bishop....

There goes that Levada again, off being The Great Bishopmaker....

Minutes ago, it was announced that Benedict XVI has named Fr Randolph Roque Calvo, 55, a priest of the archdiocese of San Francisco, as the new bishop of Reno. Calvo succeeds Bishop Philip Straling, whose resignation for reasons of health was accepted in June of this year.

That the diocese has gotten its succession so quickly in the person of a priest well-known to the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is testament to whose hands are on the levers over there.

Don't say I didn't tell you, over and over again, that this would be the case. You're welcome.

Bishop-elect Calvo served a decade as vicar general of San Francisco (1987-97) under Archbishops John R. Quinn and Levada. (Yes, that's right, Joseph Ratzinger has named John Quinn's handpicked vicar-general to the fullness of the priesthood. You are now entering the Twilight Zone.)

A canon lawyer with his JCD from the Angelicum, he's been a professor of the canons at St. Patrick's Seminary at Menlo Park, a dean, member of both the Council of Priests and the Archdiocesan Consultors and active on the San Francisco church's response to the sex abuse crisis. He has primarily served since 1997 until this morning's appointment as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Redwood City.

According to the norms of law, Bishop-elect Calvo must be ordained and installed in Reno within four months. As the diocese falls within the metropolitan province of San Francisco, the principal consecrator will in all likelihood be Archbishop-elect George Niederauer, presiding over his first (and certainly not his last) episcopal ordination.

The Reno diocese formerly encompassed the entire state of Nevada until a 1997 division of territory gave rapidly-expanding Las Vegas its own bishop (a post currently held by Philly alum Joe Pepe, Overbrook Class of 1970).