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Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere

Posted By: Fr. Deacon Lance

Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 07:38 AM

May 7, 2016

The Holy Father has made the following appointments which are announced today:

Has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Gerald N. Dino from the pastoral governance of the Holy Protection of Mary Eparchy of Phoenix;

Has appointed as his successor Most Reverend John S Pazak C.S.s.R., bishop of the Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Toronto, Canada; He remains the temporary administrator of the Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.


Has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend John M. Kudrick from the pastoral governance of the Eparchy of Parma;

And has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla Apostolic Administrator
of the Eparchy until a new bishop is appointed.
Posted By: Irish Melkite

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 10:31 AM

Additionally, The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Eparchy of "St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego" of the Chaldeans, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jamma, in accordance with canon 210, para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches, and appointed Bishop Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary of Baghdad of the Chaldeans, as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the same eparchy.

Many years,

Neil
Posted By: Irish Melkite

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 10:32 AM

May God grant many years in health and joyful retirement to His faithful servants, the High Priests John, Gerald, and Sarhad - three shepherds who will be greatly missed!

Many years,

Neil
Posted By: Nelson Chase

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 07:32 PM

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Has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Gerald N. Dino from the pastoral governance of the Holy Protection of Mary Eparchy of Phoenix;

Has appointed as his successor Most Reverend John S Pazak C.S.s.R., bishop of the Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Toronto, Canada; He remains the temporary administrator of the Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.


Many years to our retired Bishop Gerald and our new Bishop John!

Posted By: dochawk

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 08:31 PM

So if I have this straight, Bishop Gerald is being replaced with a bishop from outside of our church?

Is this common?

hawk
Posted By: Nelson Chase

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 08:47 PM

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So if I have this straight, Bishop Gerald is being replaced with a bishop from outside of our church?


Bishop John was ordained a priest by the former Bishop of Parma, Bishop Emil of blessed memory. I believe the he is bishop of the Ruthenian Church in Canada, though they do go by Slovak Catholics there instead of Byzantines.

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Is this common?


Good question. IDK.
Posted By: Fr. Deacon Lance

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 11:47 PM

I would not call the Slovak Eparchy in Toronto outside our church. They are descended from Mukachevo via Presov and are one with us. Bishop John has been coming to Uniontown for many years.
Posted By: dochawk

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/07/16 11:56 PM

I understand that we're both descended from Mukachevo, but we're also a sui juris church; I had thought that bishops generally came from their own churches, unless there were no choices available (OK, now that I put it like that, I understand that there is a near-unanimous disinterest in the episcopacy among our priests . . .)

hawk
Posted By: ajk

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/08/16 12:49 PM

Originally Posted by dochawk
I understand that we're both descended from Mukachevo, but we're also a sui juris church; I had thought that bishops generally came from their own churches, unless there were no choices available ...


The Church, and its laws, are both champion and adherent of traditions but not its slave. Consider that Chrysostom was born in Antioch and a presbyter there before being chosen to be Archbishop of Constantinople. And even today, according to law, at the least ANY Catholic (regardless of particular church membership) eligible for episcopal ordination or already so ordained, can be elected Pope of Rome.
Posted By: Fr. Deacon Lance

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/08/16 01:34 PM

Originally Posted by dochawk
I understand that we're both descended from Mukachevo, but we're also a sui juris church; I had thought that bishops generally came from their own churches, unless there were no choices available (OK, now that I put it like that, I understand that there is a near-unanimous disinterest in the episcopacy among our priests . . .)

hawk

And the boundaries and constituencies of those Sui iuris churches, who drew them, who decided Mukachevo, Presov, Hadudorog, and Krizevci should be separated? Not us. The Slovak Eparchy of Toronto is us, that is the point I am trying to make. I don't care what some Italian Cardinal says or did or wrote in the Pontifical Annual.
Posted By: Little Green Coat

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/08/16 02:23 PM

I believe the Slovak Geek Catholics are a very small group. Much smaller than the Ruthenians. Maybe this is the first step to combine the Slovak Greek Catholics with the Ruthenians.

But I would have thought to put Bishop John in Parma. There are many more Eastern European in the Cleveland area. I think it might be a better fit. But what do I know.

In the announcement it did not say Bishop Kundrik retired. It said he resigned. Why the change in words?
Posted By: Fr. Deacon Lance

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/08/16 05:31 PM

Originally Posted by Little Green Coat
I believe the Slovak Geek Catholics are a very small group. Much smaller than the Ruthenians. Maybe this is the first step to combine the Slovak Greek Catholics with the Ruthenians.

But I would have thought to put Bishop John in Parma. There are many more Eastern European in the Cleveland area. I think it might be a better fit. But what do I know.

In the announcement it did not say Bishop Kundrik retired. It said he resigned. Why the change in words?

The Slovaks and Rusyns are already combined. The Rusyns in Slovakia are under Presov. The Slovaks in the US are under Pittsburgh.

The canonical term is resignation whether for health, age, or other reason.
Posted By: Hamilton Cnty IN

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 01:31 AM

Who are the likely candidates for the Eparchy of Parma? Could priests like Fr Tom Loya or Fr Bryan Eyman be considered?
Posted By: SdnMatthew

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 12:42 PM

I spoke to Fr. Bryan about it and he feels he is extremely unlikely as a candidate. I haven't asked Fr. Tom but I only recently met him.
Posted By: Anna

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 01:29 PM

The question I have is this; are there any Parma Priests who are WILLING to be the Bishop?
Posted By: Fr. Deacon Lance

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 02:09 PM

Originally Posted by Anna
The question I have is this; are there any Parma Priests who are WILLING to be the Bishop?

The Terna (list of three candidates) is drawn from the entire Metropolia.
Posted By: Little Green Coat

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 02:16 PM

Let us not forget Father Cimbala. He took care of Passaic for 2 years.
Posted By: Anna

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 02:45 PM

Then the question I have is this; are there any Archeparchial Priests who are WILLING to be appointed?
Posted By: Fr. Deacon Lance

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 04:09 PM

Originally Posted by Anna
Then the question I have is this; are there any Archeparchial Priests who are WILLING to be appointed?

Well out of a couple hundred you would think there would be one it two.
Posted By: CRW

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/09/16 08:54 PM

His Grace, Bishop John, was a great shepherd. He will be missed by everyone I know. I hope they search for a replacement outside the eparchy. In fact I predict that this will happen. There is no shortage of ambitious priests.
Posted By: DMD

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/12/16 12:08 PM

An ambitious priest seeking the episcopacy probably should be disqualified on that basis alone...either in Catholicism or Orthodoxy.
Posted By: bergschlawiner

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/14/16 12:38 PM

Amen!
Posted By: Job

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/16/16 12:36 PM

You can say that again DMD! Those who aspire to that position tend to do the most harm.
Posted By: Irish Melkite

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 05/17/16 04:18 AM

Originally Posted by dochawk
I understand that we're both descended from Mukachevo, but we're also a sui juris church; I had thought that bishops generally came from their own churches, unless there were no choices available


There are precedents for a cleric of one Church being canonically transferred to another Church to serve as hierarch - two who come to mind are, most recently, Father Archimandrite George Gallaro of the Melkites having been ordained as bishop of the Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi, and His Excellency Hil Kabashi, OFM, a Byzantine Croat, who, since 1996, has served as Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the Apostolic Administration of Albania Meridionale of the Albanian Greek-Catholics.

Many years,

Neil
Posted By: TheDoors

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 06/07/16 02:58 PM

Originally Posted by DMD
An ambitious priest seeking the episcopacy probably should be disqualified on that basis alone...either in Catholicism or Orthodoxy.


I have the same view for politicians.
Posted By: DMD

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 06/07/16 05:43 PM

Cincinnatus should be a good role model, he was for George Washington...
Posted By: dochawk

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 06/10/16 02:59 PM

Originally Posted by TheDoors
Originally Posted by DMD
An ambitious priest seeking the episcopacy probably should be disqualified on that basis alone...either in Catholicism or Orthodoxy.


I have the same view for politicians.


I think it as Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth, set in the US quincentennial, that had the present chosen at random by a computer from a list of qualified people for this reason, with the note that they wanted someone who would have to be dragged into office kicking and screaming, but would work hard to get time off for good behavior . . .

hawk
Posted By: Deacon John Montalvo

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 06/13/16 09:53 AM

Originally Posted by DMD
An ambitious priest seeking the episcopacy probably should be disqualified on that basis alone...either in Catholicism or Orthodoxy.


And yet St Paul writes, "This saying is trustworthy: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task," (1 Tim 3:1).
Posted By: Paul B

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 06/13/16 07:42 PM

Fr Deacon John.....that was in the day when a bishop was likely to be martyred.
Posted By: UkrCathLDN

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 08/29/16 05:56 AM

Isn't Bishop George Gallaro a cradle latin?
Posted By: Michael_Thoma

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 08/29/16 08:27 AM

His resume is more impressive Byzantine than most cradle anything priests: http://www.usccb.org/news/2015/15-053e.cfm
Posted By: Collin Nunis

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 09/03/16 08:45 PM

Sure, but he was incardinated into the Melkite Eparchy not many years after his ordination as a Latin priest. I think his many years as a Melkite priest qualifies him to be cradle Melkite too, no?
Posted By: dochawk

Re: Bishop changes in Metropolia of Pittsburgh & Elsewhere - 09/04/16 04:30 PM

Originally Posted by Collin Nunis
Sure, but he was incardinated into the Melkite Eparchy not many years after his ordination as a Latin priest. I think his many years as a Melkite priest qualifies him to be cradle Melkite too, no?


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