Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archbishop Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The Holy See made the announcement today in Rome.
Archbishop Tobin, 60, succeeds Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., who was granted early retirement by Pope Benedict on September 21, 2011 for health reasons. Since Archbishop Buechlein’s retirement, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has served as the archdiocese’s Apostolic Administrator.
From the Indianpolis Star:
A high-ranking Vatican official, seen as a moderate who is sympathetic to American nuns in their ongoing tensions with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, is expected to be named Thursday as the next archbishop of Indianapolis.
The American-born Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, a Redemptorist priest, has spent the past two years as second in command in a department that oversees 150,000 priests and 750,000 nuns.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has scheduled a press conference Thursday morning to make a leadership announcement, adding to growing speculation that a replacement will be named to succeed Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, who resigned in September 2011
There’s more at the link.
Best overview and background, of course: Whispers.
What will become of blogging bishop (and current administrator for Indianapois), Christopher Coyne? Stay tuned.