The bishop’s other diocese

As part of the preparation for the upcoming consistory (5 days from now), one of the two future cardinals who weren’t bishops yet was consecrated two days ago. Archbishop (a personal title, it would seem) Walter Brandmüller, the former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, was made a bishop since canon law dictates that only bishops are to be created cardinals. That said, in an example of Catholic flexibility, future cardinals can request to be allowed not to be consecrated bishops. Future cardinal Domenico Bartolucci is said to have requested exactly that.

Cardinal-elect Walter Brandmüller

But back to Archbishop Brandmüller. As non-ordinary (ie. a bishop who is not the head of a diocese) he was given a titular see. And in that see, he is the second successor to my own bishop. Bishop Gerard de Korte held the titular see of Caesarea in Mauretania when he was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Utrecht. In July of 2009, more than six months after the see became vacant, Bishop Stanislaus Magombo, auxiliary bishop of Lilongwe in Malawi, succeeded him. Bishop Magombo sadly died almost exactly a year later, only 42 years old. And now the soon to be Cardinal Brandmüller takes over the reigns of the non-existent diocese.

A fun little link between local and world church.

Photo credit: Antonina Gern/Der Spiegel


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