The pope on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Thomas Cajetan Kelly and appointed Knoxville, Tenn., Bishop Joseph Kurtz as his successor. Kelly turned 75, the normal retirement age for bishops, last July.
Kurtz, 60, has been serving as Knoxville bishop since 1999.
A Pennsylvania native, Kurtz is a licensed social worker and chairman of the Committee on Marriage and Family for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, serving as a point man for the group on issues such as gay marriage.
In Knoxville, Kurtz has sponsored joint social services between Catholic Charities and Lutheran Services, and has focused his outreach work on East Tennessee’s growing Hispanic population. The Louisville position would not be the first for which Kurtz has been considered. Last year, he was among eight bishops who were candidates to lead the Pittsburgh diocese.
The Knoxville diocese includes about 50,000 Catholics across East Tennessee, compared to the nearly 200,000 Catholics across 24 counties included in the Louisville archdiocese. Kelly, who was appointed Louisville archbishop by Pope John Paul II in 1982, submitted his resignation last year after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Posted by Matthew
Bishop Joseph Kurtz of Knoxville, Tennessee will succeed Archbishop Thomas Cajetan Kelly as the Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky. I certainly hope that Archbishop Kurtz is favorable to Traditional Catholicism.
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