Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Bishop Joseph Kurtz made Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky

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.

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.


del_button June 13, 2007 at 5:15 PM
Ed Harpring said...

God bless your search for the Truth. It seems you have found it in the Tenets of the True teachings of the Catholic Church. As a native of Louisville, so many of us are hoping and praying that Archbishop Kurtz will bring orthodoxy to our Archdiocese. It is deperately needed.

God Bless,

del_button June 13, 2007 at 8:30 PM
Seminarian Matthew said...

Is he a Traditional Bishop? I hope and pray that he is...

del_button June 14, 2007 at 2:59 PM
Anonymous said...

Yes, Archbishop Kurtz is orthodox and traditional and brought the Latin Mass back to our parish on a weekly basis. We'll miss him, but our loss is your gain. You're blessed to have him.

del_button June 20, 2007 at 10:27 AM
Seminarian Matthew said...


del_button August 4, 2008 at 3:02 AM
Anonymous said...

Joseph Kurtz arrives amid a reorganization of the archdiocese, which is merging 17 parishes into six and requiring dozens of congregations to form "clusters" where two or more parishes would share a pastor. The move is in reaction to sharp declines in the number of priests.

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del_button June 7, 2011 at 4:33 PM
Monica Ryan said...

I remember Archbishop Joseph Kurts as Monsignor Kurtz in Catasauqua, Pa. He was well loved and respected by all that knew him. Archbishop Kurtz was missed by all when he left St. Mary's. Looking back as he served as priest, he sang with such vigor. I will always remember him for his wonderful sermons.

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