Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rome Approves

Evidently Abp. Dolan has made sufficient progress with the Archdiocese; Rome has sent a new Auxiliary Bishop.

From my recollection, Fr. (soon-to-be-Bishop) Wm. P. Callahan, OFM Conv. is a solid Catholic man.

A native of Chicago, Callahan has served in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as associate pastor of the Basilica of St. Josaphat Parish, from 1977 to 1978, and, again, as rector and pastor of St. Josaphat Parish, from 1994 to 2005. Callahan left the parish in 2005 and currently serves as Spiritual Director for the Pontifical North American College, the seminary for Americans, in Rome.

Which means, of course, that he will be subject to a vast, artful, and multi-faceted "neutering" campaign from all the usual suspects (and there are a LOT of them here.)

St. Michael, protect him!


GOR said...

Yes Dad, "Fr. Bill" is a good man and a very orthodox and religious priest (which should go without saying - but not always these days!). A great choice!

When he left as pastor of St. Josaphat's two years ago I wondered about the NAC appointment. Now it makes sense. It looks like it was a career move to get 'Roman exposure' - probably engineered by Dolan who had been Rector at NAC previously.

Dolan remarked on his fund-raising expertise (he was behind the $7 million Basilica Restoration Project), so expect to see him used in that capacity for the Archdiocese.

But he will be a good antidote to a certain other auxiliary - and a potential successor once Dolan moves on to New York...

Dad29 said...

It appears that you're better acquainted with Fr. C. than I am, particularly since you commented on his orthodoxy and religiosity.

Happy to have your report.

I also noted that Bp. Sklba remarked to the JournalSentinel that '[Fr. C.] will be a good administrator...'

Interesting remark, no? Before touching a pen, the Bishop is expected to Sanctify, Teach and Rule.