Monday, April 27, 2015

For "Land of Enchantment," A "Francis Appointment"

Via the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, KRQE, here's fullvid of the afternoon presser at which a clearly relieved Michael Sheehan presented his successor in Santa Fe, Archbishop-elect John Wester:

While Wester will hold another media briefing in Salt Lake on his return there tomorrow, the New Mexico pick couldn't resist bringing the mainstay of Utah Catholicism along for the ride: accompanying the new archbishop was Msgr J. Terence Fitzgerald, the legendarily formidable "prime minister" of the Salt Lake church for generations until his retirement in 2011.

As Wester explained it, Fitz had come along "to help with some of the details" – in other words, to oversee yet another transition... one whose completion in Utah will bring the arrival of his sixth bishop.