A KC priest on Denver’s new Auxilary: “This is huge!”

I got this note from a very fine priest I met at the Kansas City blognic:

I am sure that you have heard about the new bishops named early this morning. [I sure have!]

Msgr. Conley, currently of the Diocese of Wichita and formerly in the Congregation for Bishops and graduate of the famous KU humanities program and now appointed to be auxiliary bishop of Denver, is to my knowledge the first bishop appointed recently who had regularly celebrated the TLM as part of his priestly service (not merely an occasional Mass here and there). [And that must have been a consideration, frankly.  There is no way that it wasn't.] I believe that he and another priest alternated celebrating the 8 AM Sunday TLM in Wichita, the only such Mass in the Diocese of Wichita.  This is huge!  Maybe second to Summorum Pontificum. [That would be a "YES" vote!]  Now we have a bishop who is not only a friend of the Extraordinary Use of the Mass, like Arch. Burke, but one for whom the EU was an important part of his ministry.  The EU is part of new bishop(s).  It is part of the mainstream of the church.  This is great news for fans of Tradition.

Father Brian Klingele

Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS 

Pretty cutting edge prediction. 

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58 Responses to A KC priest on Denver’s new Auxilary: “This is huge!”

  1. Exaudi says:

    Well, we in Denver are glad to have him! Archbishop Chaput was very overworked and had been asking Rome for some help for a while. I think everybody (except maybe the good folks in Kansas [!]) are happy with the outcome! Deo gratias!

  2. Barb says:

    Is this what you call “laying the groundwork”?

  3. ben says:

    What I’ve heard so far is that he was converted to the Fath while in the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas. He mentioned in his press conference that John Senior is his Godfather, and I just heard from a friend of mine that Fr. Jackson, FSSP the pastor of the local EF Chapel, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Littleton, was his college roomate.

    I haven’t been this happy since the birth of my last child!

    Deo Gratias!

  4. Del Torkelson says:

    Although I do not know Msgr. Conley as well as I would like, I cannot say enough good things about him. My wife knows him much better than I and her response at the news was: “Can we move to Denver?”
    Of course, the fact that Chaput also hails from Kansas, would seem to suggest my state is the minor leagues for Denver bishops.

  5. Flambeaux says:

    Deo Gratias!

    Msgr. Conley, during his time as Chaplain to the University of Dallas Rome campus, was responsible in many ways for my return to the practice of the Faith. He issued the challenge when I elected to do so that I should not do it [return] by half measures, but should delve into the deep treasures of the Faith and strive to live it fully.

    He offered true pastoral solicitude to an angry, long-haired, Neo-pagan with a chip on his shoulder. Denver is blessed in this.

    Following his advice has yielded my wife and I countless blessings.

    I shall redouble my prayers for him, as the task the Lord has asked him to perform is now even more difficult than it was before.

    As an aside, he may also be the first Bishop with a Facebook page.

  6. Gerry says:

    Wait a minute – if this was the “first”, that is evidence that the appointment had nothing to do with his TLM celebration.

  7. Sekman says:

    This is great. We in the diocese of Wichita are very pleased to have
    so many bishops from our diocese. Msgr. Connelly as well as being the
    pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in Wichita occasionaly prays the
    TLM at St. Anthony’s in Wichita, occasionaly Bishop Eumertis Eugene Gerber
    prays the mass, they only pray the mass when Fr. Jarrod Lies is not
    available. It would seem to be correct that Fr. James Jackson of the FFSP
    would have been his room mate in college as he did go to KU and was a
    priest of the Diocese of Wichita.

  8. Ed says:

    What’s the good word on the other bishops-elect?

  9. Brian Day says:

    Maybe someone can help me with this. I am always glad when good and holy priests are raised to the Episcopate. However, with so many open See’s, isn’t the impact considerably lessened by the appointment as an Auxiliary, rather than Ordinary, Bishop?

    Granted, good auxiliaries almost always become ordinaries, but wouldn’t it be a more powerful statement to appoint him to Knoxville, Biloxi, or Charleston?

    And yes, Fr. Z., I am not letting the good be the enemy of the perfect!
    Oh, Wait! I think I just answered my own question. :-)

  10. magdalen says:

    Since we are hoping to move to the archdiocese of Denver later this year,
    this is most welcome news. I look forward to the TLM at the cathedral
    and to hear of it taught in the seminary.

    Deo Gratias!

  11. magdalen says:

    Since we are hoping to move to Denver, this is welcome news indeed. I hope to
    hear of the TLM at the cathedral and that it will be taught at the
    seminary.

    And the last auxiliary is now the Archbishop of San Antonio…

  12. magdalen says:

    Since we are hoping to move to Denver, this is welcome news indeed. I hope to
    hear of the TLM at the cathedral and that it will be taught at the
    seminary.

    And the last auxiliary is now the Archbishop of San Antonio…

  13. mbd says:

    Along these lines, is anything known about Bishop Bates, who is being appointed to Des Moines – other than that he worked for, and was close to, Archbishop Jean Jadot when the latter was Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.?

  14. Del Torkelson says:

    An interview with the soon-to-be bishop:

    http://www.cdowk.org/catholic_advance/extras2.html

    Covers a lot of good ground, including his conversion and the fact that he likes all the correct sports teams.

  15. RBrown says:

    I just heard the news via email. He is a really good buddy from KU and Rome.

  16. RBrown says:

    Someone hinted at this.

    When Msgr Conley was at KU, he shared a house with 3 other men. One went to prison. Of the other 3, all from KC, Conley and one other were converts. Abp Strecker was busy wrecking the KC archdiocese, so only one of the three, James Jackson, looked into studying for the priesthood there. He had a bad experience with the vocations director.

    All three KC men went to Wichita.

    Of the three living in the same house, Paul Coakley is now bishop of Salina, Conley will go to Denver, and the third, Fr Jackson FSSP was rector of the seminary in Nebraska.

    All thanks to John Senior

  17. Kim says:

    Is Archbishop Chaput destined for Los Angeles?

  18. Margaret says:

    Kim, I think the good people of Denver would RIOT if their beloved Archbishop was stolen away. :-) Seriously, the few I’ve met from Denver just love him.

    Presumably this Monsignor Conley will spend some time under
    Abp. Chaput’s tutelage and get posted to another large diocese, a la Abp. Gomez, who began as an auxiliary in Denver and now heads San Antonio. Maybe Msgr. Conley will be ready for LA by the time Cdl. Mahoney reaches retirement in 2011??

  19. Sekman says:

    From the Interview

    After I graduated from K.U. in 1977, I worked construction in Kansas City for about six months and saved up enough money to travel to Europe. Some friends of mine, who were also students of the IHP, discovered a Benedictine Abbey in France where Latin and Gregorian chant were still very much alive and so a group of us ended up staying there during that spring and summer. While I did seriously consider a vocation to the monastic life, I felt that God was calling me back to Kansas to get married and raise a family.

    For those of you who don’t know this monastery in which these men stayed was Fontgambault monastery in France. The other graduates stayed at the monastery and in 1999 came to the United States and founded Our Lady of the Annunciation Monastery at Clear Creek. This weekend Bishop Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa will be celebrating pontifical High Mass at the Monastery for the dedication.

    The fruits of the work of Dr. John Senior continue on today long after his death. The Integrated Humanities Program was the best thing that ever happened to the University of Kansas.

  20. LCB says:

    John Senior strikes again!

  21. LCB says:

    2 men became bishops, 1 became a rector, and the other went to prison.

    What did he go to prison for? This could turn into a great joke!

  22. Fr. E says:

    Bishop Coakley was my spiritual director in the seminary. Any friend of Coakley is a friend of mine. Conley, Coakley, and Jackson all went to the Mount (as well as KU). There is no reason why Father Jackson couldn’t become a bishop. Maybe an Auxillary Bishop in St. Louis. Imagine a FSSP priest being ordained a bishop?

  23. peretti says:

    If Chaput goes to L.A., I think that Bishop-elect Conley could step right in and do a fine job, every bit as good as Chaput.

  24. Animadversor says:

    2 men became bishops, 1 became a rector, and the other went to prison.

    What did he go to prison for? This could turn into a great joke!

    OK, possibly a great joke, but quite possibly—in these times—one that most of us would have no stomach for. In any case, after our laugh, perhaps a prayer for the man who went to prison?

  25. Mary Margaret says:

    I reside in the Wichita diocese, and while I do not know Msgr Conley personally, I have heard nothing but good of him. I did not know that he and Bishop Coakley were roommates while at KU. As a WSU alumnus, I rarely have much good to say of KU, but this may change my mind! Just kidding, KU grads–congrats on the BB championship, BTW.

    Interestingly enough (to me, anyway), both Archbishop Chaput and Bishop-elect Conley have Native American heritage (Pottawatomi and Wea tribes, respectively, I think). I would bet this is the first time that an Archdiocese had two Bishops with Native American blood.

    Kansas seems to be taking over the Western US Catholic Church! (We also gave you Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix-previously Bishop of the Wichita diocese). Today Denver and Phoenix, tomorrow Los Angeles! Resistance is futile.

    Seriously, I truly love Archbishop Chaput, and not just because he’s from my area of NC Kansas (Yay, Concordia), but because he is a fine man and a very fine Bishop. God bless him. This will be an excellent place for Msgr Conley to learn how to be a strong and faithful shepherd. We’ll miss him here in Wichita–I’m sure you folks in Denver are getting a great one.

  26. Patrick says:

    Archbishop Chaput will be moved from Denver in time. My guess is LA where he will get a red hat. There is no way he will stay until 75 (12 more years) in Denver, which is a small archdiocese of only 344K. Likewise, we will see Bp. Conley somewhere bigger in the future.

  27. magdalen says:

    Well the job to restore the faith in LA will be huge. And whoever goes
    there can be considered a martyr in the ‘white’ sense.

    I hope Archbishop Chaput stays in Denver a while longer. He is one of the
    kindest Shepherds I have ever met.

    Denver diocese Mass attendance is twice the national average. (not saying that
    much considering the national average). With more faithful priests coming
    from the good seminary and also with training in the TLM, which will be
    vital, we can expect MANY more good things and growth in the Catholic
    Church in this area.

    Thanks to Kansas for ‘growing’ good bishops! Keep up the good work for
    we desperately need holy bishops.

  28. RBrown says:

    Some friends of mine, who were also students of the IHP, discovered a Benedictine Abbey in France where Latin and Gregorian chant were still very much alive and so a group of us ended up staying there during that spring and summer

    Four of us–all converts–discovered Fontgombault in 1972. We were all students of John Senior, but IHP hadn’t yet been created. I like to tell people that we all got industrial strength John Senior.

  29. Matt Q says:

    Patrick wrote:

    “Archbishop Chaput will be moved from Denver in time. My guess is LA where he will get a red hat. There is no way he will stay until 75 (12 more years) in Denver, which is a small archdiocese of only 344K. Likewise, we will see Bp. Conley somewhere bigger in the future.”

    You hope! What we have now is a most drudging imposition. This was John Paul’s doing, but I don’t blame him as such as he was new to the Throne at the time and some committee got him to rubber-stamp this appointment. Failing to remedy the circumstances though, yes, JP’s fault. He was too concerned ( in my opinion ) about the front yard, while the backyard was becoming overgrown and filling with trash.

    Things have to get better after 2011. Many of us pray, and believe, our Sovereign Pontiff Benedict XVI will outlast him so as to appoint us a great bishop.

    To be fair, Cardinal Mahony has done a few good things. While the hermaneutic of continuity regarding Sacred Theology/Tradition/Liturgy, no, but he has in different other things.

  30. Matt: The lone good thing I can totally think of is Together in Mission, where we help out the less fortunate parishes in the local Church with Cardnal Mahony, in the meantime I’m praying for his conversion.

    2/27/11 can’t come fast enough.

    Great news for the Bishop that is friendly to offering the TLM. :)

  31. larry brooks says:

    Oh happy day! It snowed in Denver over night and part of the day. I have heard from the Carmelites that is one “sign” they look for when one is about to take final vows. Here in Denver we’ll just accept that our Lady is smiling on the Archdiocese dedicated to her Immaculate Conception. And please, we all know that Archbishop Charles “may” be moved elsewhere, but let us bask in the joy of having two excellent bishops here. For all we know when word gets around about this maybe our Archdiocese will grow much larger and quickly!

  32. Michael says:

    While I hear that AB Chaput is great I would be suprised if the Pope does not pick a Hispanic Bishop for LA. It already is majority Hispanic and will be much more so in the next few years. His choice of AB Gomez from Denver to San Antonio is an example of what I mean.

  33. Frfrancis says:

    Olmsted will go to L.A. before Chaput.
    As a priest of the Diocese of Wichita I have the highest regard for Msgr. Conley. We knew he would only be with us for a short time. Other bishops might have a facebook page, but he is the only one to have had backstage passes to a Weezer concert.
    Wichita is a great diocese. No mountains, no ocean, just good farmland and good people.

  34. RBrown says:

    Wichita is a great diocese. No mountains, no ocean, just good farmland and good people.
    Comment by Frfrancis

    You forgot to mention the bierocks.

  35. T. Chan says:

    While I hear that AB Chaput is great I would be suprised if the Pope does not pick a Hispanic Bishop for LA. It already is majority Hispanic and will be much more so in the next few years. His choice of AB Gomez from Denver to San Antonio is an example of what I mean.

    How much involvement does a archbishop or auxiliary bishop have with the day-to-day or long-term planning of an predominantly ethnic parish? Just wondering–while it may be beneficial for [potential] bishops of dioceses where Hispanics constitute a significant percentage of the faithful to know Spanish, would it not be more important to have priests with the right background to serve these communities (when possible), instead of picking a ‘figurehead’? (Assuming that the answer to my question is, “Very little.”)

    I would like someone who is orthodox and faithful to the spiritual and liturgical traditions of the Church to become archbishop of Los Angeles, regardless of his ethnic background.

  36. Kevin Jones says:

    With an undergrad Classics degree, I was impressed to hear the bishop-elect graduated from that renowned KU program.

    This TLM news makes it all the better.

    The talk of moving Archbishop Chaput is the only thing that has made me anxious about this appointment. I don’t think Archbishop Chaput has the Hollywood savvy one would want in LA. On the other hand, his chancellor is still involved in the film industry somehow.

    It is my hope that the Archbishop is merely mentoring the bishop-elect for the latter’s eventual appointment elsewhere.

  37. Kevin Jones says:

    Oh yes, I had a question. Some reports have said the bishop-elect was an adjunct theology instructor for “Christendom College Rome Campus.” Is this correct? Is this a position distinct from his chaplaincy work with the University of Dallas?

  38. Denny says:

    Great news for us in the Archdiocese of Denver. Praise be to God.

    I must comment, however, on the speculation regarding Abp. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. I would not be surprised if His Grace was to leave us and move on to another (arch)diocese. He would have no problem in L.A. despite not being “Hollywood” enough. For, he does not pull punches and respectfully goes toe to toe with anyone – if you had followed our bishops fights with the political establishment in Colorado as well as on the national level for his open calling out of pro-abort politicians and the heat that was brought to bear especially threats of IRS investigations and loss of tax-exempt status, multiple anti-Catholic bills being brought forward by Catholic, or formerly Catholic, politicians in our state legislature, et al, you would know that despite this short Indian-French man’s appearance at first sight that he is no push over for anyone, no matter how powerful, rich and famous, and so L.A. would be nothing at all for him. That said, I suspect he will stay and Conley will be prepped for another (arch)diocese.

    In Colorado we are blessed with Bp. Sheridan (Diocese of Colorado Springs) as well. So, we are truly blessed here in Colorado.

    By the way prior to Bp. Gomez coming here there was no mandatory learning of Spanish or Hispanic culture classes like there is now for all seminarians in this archdiocese (I discerned a vocation here, so I have practical experience). Even though our Spanish-speaking population is really rather small with most Mexican Catholics here being American-Mexicans whose first language is English and not Spanish unlike our small population of Mexican nationals where it is flipped. So, simply because Chaput is not Hispanic, though he is Native-American, or a Spanish-first-speaker, does not preclude him from running a predominantly Hispanic (arch)diocese as he has seen fit to make this archdiocese a bi-lingual, multi-cultural one even after Bp. Gomez left us. I could see him fitting in very nicely in L.A.

  39. Louis E. says:

    I thought the expectation was that Gomez would move from San Antonio when Mahony retired?(And for all the talk of February 27th 2011,I must note that cardinals’ retirement letters are seldom swished out of the Vatican in-basket as soon as they land…look at Detroit).

  40. Brody says:

    Msgr. Conley is a most excellent priest. I’ve been blessed to be able to attend TLM with him as the celebrant many times. He was set to celebrate my wedding this August in TLM – I imagine that this will have changed now though.

    Denver, you are getting one heck of a bishop. Deo Gratias!

  41. Brady says:

    I’m from the Salina Diocese in Kansas, home of Bishop Coakley. All I have to say is, well, he’s the best bishop anyone could ask for. I’ve talked to him on various occasions and he is everything a bishop should be. This is good news I think.

  42. abbé F.H. says:

    Same situation in France today: nomination of Bp Brouwet:
    Bolletino:
    NOMINA DELL’AUSILIARE DI NANTERRE (FRANCIA)

    Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha nominato Vescovo Ausiliare della diocesi di Nanterre (Francia) il Rev.do Sac. Nicolas Brouwet, del clero della medesima diocesi, finora Parroco di Saint-Pierre e Saint-Jacques a Neuilly-sur-Seine, assegnandogli la sede titolare vescovile di Simidicca.

    Rev.do Sac. Nicolas Brouwet

    Il Rev.do Sac. Nicolas Brouwet è nato il 31 agosto 1962 a Suresnes, nella diocesi di Nanterre. Dopo gli studi superiori all’Università statale, dove ha ottenuto un diploma in Storia, è entrato al Pontificio Seminario francese di Roma. Ha frequentato i corsi di filosofia e di teologia presso la Pontificia Università Gregoriana, concludendoli con il baccalaureato in Teologia. Si è poi iscritto all’Istituto Giovanni Paolo II, conseguendovi la Licenza.
    Nel biennio 1986-1988 ha trascorso 2 anni come “cooperatore” (servizio civile) a Gerusalemme, per l’insegnamento della lingua francese.
    E’ stato ordinato sacerdote il 27 giugno 1992 per la diocesi di Nanterre.
    Ha ricoperto i seguenti incarichi ministeriali nella diocesi di Nanterre: vice-Parroco nelle parrocchie di Bourg-La-Reine e di Sceaux e Cappellano del Liceo statale a Saint-Gilles di Bourg-la-Reine, oltre che del Centro universitario di Sceaux (1993-1999); Parroco di Saint-Romain e di Notre-Dame-des-Bruyères e Decano di Sèvres (1999-2006); contemporaneamente è stato Decano di Chaville-Sèvres-Ville-d’Avray dal 2001; Delegato diocesano per la formazione dei seminaristi di Nanterre dal 2003 ed incaricato della celebrazione della forma straordinaria della Santa Messa dal 2005. Dal 2006 è Parroco della Parrocchia Saint-Pierre et Saint-Jacques a Neuilly-sur-Seine e anche docente di morale e direttore spirituale presso il pre-seminario “Maison Madeleine Delbrel”.
    E’ membro dell’Institut Saint-Jean (Johannesgemeinschaft) fondato dal teologo Hans Urs von Balthasar.

  43. Katherine says:

    I don’t have much to add but just wanted to add my support of Msgr. Conley. He has been a friend since 1999 when we met at the University of Dallas Rome Campus. Denver is beyond blessed and it has truly been a wonderful week for the Church. I’d be thrilled to move to Denver!

    Keep ‘em coming, Kansas!

  44. Jeremy says:

    Mary Margaret: Bishop Olmstead arrived in Phoenix, AZ from the Lincoln, NE diocese via Wichita, KS. The current bishop of Wichita, Bishop Jackels, is also a Lincoln product, as is Bishop Vasa of Baker, OR.

    Thank you, Holy Father!

  45. ben says:

    I’m a denverite truly grateful to Wichta, but do not forget that Denver has given Wichita great gifts in the past. Bishop Maloney of beloved memory was the auxiliary of Denver under Archbishop Urban Vehr, who may have been one of the greatest churchmen in American history.

    At the same time we lost Abp. Vehr to retirment and his heavenly reward and the wonderful Bishop Maloney to Wichita so he could build a great school system there, We took James Casey from Lincoln, thus allowing them to develop into the bastion of orthodoxy they are today.

    Denver has given a lot to her neighbors, and with the opening of her diocesan seminaries a decade ago, she is giving again.

  46. peretti says:

    ben, thanks for that great post about Archbishop Urban Vehr. He was one of the greatest American bishops. And Bishop David Maloney was wonderful, also. Bishop Maloney confirmed me. Our reception of James Casey as Archbishop of Denver introduced the darkest period for Catholicism in Denver’s history. Enough said.

  47. M says:

    “Imagine a FSSP priest being ordained a bishop?”
    Wow, I’m salivating… don’t get me started!

    I have heard many, many expressions of love for Msgr. Conley from UD Romers who had him for Chaplain.

  48. RBrown says:

    ben, thanks for that great post about Archbishop Urban Vehr. He was one of the greatest American bishops. And Bishop David Maloney was wonderful, also. Bishop Maloney confirmed me. Our reception of James Casey as Archbishop of Denver introduced the darkest period for Catholicism in Denver’s history. Enough said.
    Comment by peretti

    Bishop Maloney was the man responsible for Wichita having so many good priests. He also visited Fontgombault.

  49. RBrown says:

    Bishop Coakley was my spiritual director in the seminary. Any friend of Coakley is a friend of mine. Conley, Coakley, and Jackson all went to the Mount

    Which means you know Fr Bob Zylla. He is a good friend.

    (as well as KU).
    Comment by Fr. E

    All I can say is: Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

  50. RBrown says:

    I have told the following to students, as well as the monks at Clear Creek:

    In 1972 after a few months at Fontgombault I went to Rome. While there I met Cardinal John Wright, then Prefect for Clergy. He asked me what I was doing in Europe, and I said staying at a French monastery. When he asked whether it was Taize’, I grimaced and answered, “No, Fontgombault”.

    His reply: “Fontainebleau?”

    “No, Fontgombault”.

    Three or four times he interrupted our conversation with the same Fontainebleau? question. It was obvious that he was totally puzzled.

    In April of 2005 a pope was elected who not only has heard of Fontgombault but has visited and is friends with the Abbot.

    Stat crux dum volvitur orbis.

  51. Mary Margaret says:

    Jeremy, you are absolutely correct–Bishop Olmsted was ordained as a diocesan priest in Nebraska, but he was born and grew up in Kansas. Likewise, Archbishop Chaput was born in Kansas, but went to Colorado when he was fairly young for high school seminary (I think).

    Thanks, Nebraska, for Bishop Jackels. We love him here.

    Thank you, Denver for the great Bishops that you have given us.

    I was just kidding (sort of) in bragging about Kansas. Really, guys, the only people we seem to be known for these days are Dr George Tiller and Fred Phelps (oh, and Barak Obama’s mom). It’s just nice to be able to point out these great men of God who hail from this great state.

  52. Jim C says:

    Father Brian is a fine priest indeed. He is the youngest pastor ever appointed in this Archdioceses. I hope he transferred closer soon so that I may once again attend his very solemn and reverent Holy Masses.

  53. Flambeaux says:

    Kevin Jones asked, “Oh yes, I had a question. Some reports have said the bishop-elect was an adjunct theology instructor for “Christendom College Rome Campus.” Is this correct? Is this a position distinct from his chaplaincy work with the University of Dallas?”

    I reply, affirmative. I believe it was successive, not concurrent. He was chaplain while I was in Rome and a couple of years later he recommended a friend of his to take over the chaplaincy. About the same time, IIRC, he started teaching theology for the Christendom Rome Program.

  54. simeon says:

    Four other men were named bishops in the US; anyone know anything about the others?

  55. Matt Q says:

    Denny wrote:

    “By the way prior to Bp. Gomez coming here there was no mandatory learning of Spanish or Hispanic culture classes like there is now for all seminarians in this archdiocese (I discerned a vocation here, so I have practical experience). Even though our Spanish-speaking population is really rather small with most Mexican Catholics here being American-Mexicans whose first language is English and not Spanish unlike our small population of Mexican nationals where it is flipped. So, simply because Chaput is not Hispanic, though he is Native-American, or a Spanish-first-speaker, does not preclude him from running a predominantly Hispanic (arch)diocese as he has seen fit to make this archdiocese a bi-lingual, multi-cultural one even after Bp. Gomez left us. I could see him fitting in very nicely in L.A.”

    )(

    While this may sound good, I find this to be racially biased. The US Church is obsessed with the “Hispanic” aspect of everything to the neglect of everyone and everything else. This also enables the particular groups to fail to integrate themselves into the mainstream culture of this country because they are unnecessarily catered to whereas others are left to fend for themselves–this includes the English-speaking population.

    Did Chaput mandate anything for the Asiatic Catholics in Denver? Evidently size is not a criteria to impose this on his seminarians, so what is?

  56. Eremeta says:

    4 auxilaries appointed and one bishop – Little Rock

    Bishop Richard Pates, 65, heretofore auxiliary of St Paul and Minneapolis, as bishop of Des Moines;
    Fr Anthony Taylor, 53, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and vicar for Ministries in the archdiocese of Oklahoma City, as bishop of Little Rock;
    Msgr James D. Conley, 53, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita (and former official of the Congregation for Bishops) as auxiliary to Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. of Denver;
    Fr William Justice, 65, vicar for Clergy of the archdiocese of San Francisco, as auxiliary to San Fran Archbishop George Niederauer;
    Fr Oscar Cantu, 41, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Houston, as auxiliary to Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio

    Diocese of Little Rock (all of Arkansas) holds the record for the longest diocese without a bishop – also the state holds the record now of the longest on ground tornado 123 miles plus.
    Wonder what the correlation might be?

  57. Ed says:

    Any info on Bishop-elect Taylor’s liturgical thoughts? I know he wore a cassock to his first press conference in Little Rock!

  58. ben says:

    Hispanic Catholics now make up 54% of the Archdiocese of Denver. I don’t think Chaput is being unreasonable in requiring seminarians to learn Spanish. Spanish speaking priests are some of the most over-worked people in the state. One Spanish speaking priest I know regularly spends 5 hours at a stretch in the confessional because of the demand. Denver is improving, but is still not serving Spanish speaking Catholics as well as they should. Regardless of how one feels about immigration, it is clear that spanish speaking people have the right to the sacraments, especially confession.

    As to whether or not Chaput has does similar things for Asians, I believe that the creation of the personal parish of Queen of Vietnamese Martyrs would qualify as such an action. And of course he is aslo supportive of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Latin Mass Cummunity.

    At Mass on Sunday, Fr. Jackson asked for prayers for his friend bishop-elect Conley. I’m sure he would not mind me passing his request in this forum.