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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Msgr. Michael Hoeppner Appointed Bishop of Crookston

On September 28, 2007, the blogger at Whispers in the Loggia wrote, "As intimated last night (see next post), Crookston's day has arrived. This morning, the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Victor Balke, who turns 76 tomorrow, naming in his stead Msgr Michael Hoeppner, heretofore vicar-general of Winona. A native Minnesotan, the 58 year-old bishop-elect comes with a background steeped both in parish work and administration, and with a good bit of teaching ministry, to boot. An alum of the Pontifical North American College, Hoeppner is yet another member of the class of 29 June 1975 -- when Pope Paul VI ordained 359 priests to mark the Holy Year -- to be elevated to the episcopacy, and the second US appointee this year to come from the group..."

I know little about the life or beliefs of His Excellency Michael Hoeppner. I particularly would like to hear opinions from my readers in regards to his position towards Traditionalism.


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