Secondly, we know, do we not? That ++ Mennini is going to be a busy man on the Human Resource front. Some of our Bishops will be making their way to the exit door whilst others will be taking up position in the transit lounge...ready for the off in a year or two.
Here is a quick rundown of who goes and when. Some of us, no doubt will throw our hats in the air.....mainly because, in their place, we hope and trust that the Holy Father's wishes will be implemented and we will begin to receive men who hold firm to the faith and the Magisterium.
Arundel & Brighton - + Kieron Conry due to retire 2026 (sorry)
Birmingham - ++ Bernard Longley - with us until 2030
Brentwood - +Thomas McMahon - Hats in the air! He goes in 2011
Cardiff - Vacant....pray like mad that Wales gets a good man, first task for ++ Mennini?
Clifton - + Declan Lang - in for the journey, 2025 - if the Diocese lasts that long
East Anglia - + Michael Evans - 2026 is his red dot on the calendar year
Hallam - + John Rawsthorne - Bingo! he bows out in 2011!
Hexham & Newcastle - + Seamus Cunningham is there until 2017
Lancaster - + Michael Campbell - staying put until 2016
Leeds - + Arthur Roche (groan) - with Yorkshire until 2025.....Ecky thump!
Liverpool - ++ Patrick Kelly........into the transit lounge, 2013 is his year
Menevia - + Thomas Burns - in for the long haul, 2019 is his date
Middlesborough - + Terry Drainey...2024....what????
Northampton - + Peter Doyle - 2019
Nottingham - + Malcolm McMahon......2024...yawn!
Plymouth - + Christopher Budd....nearly there (Deo Gratias) 2012 and he get's his rest
Portsmouth - + Crispian Hollis...Yay! another one for the strasse! 2011 is his year
Salford - + Terence Brain....2013....tempus fugit but not fugit enough!
Southwark - ++ Peter Smith.....with us until 2018
Westminster - ++ Vincent Nicholls - a mere spring chicken, 2020 is his year
Wrexham - + Edwin Regan...ooops! should have gone in 2010, please do not delay on
|Bishop Rawsthorne (left) for the early bath. Bishop Lang, (right) in it for the long haul!|
So, out of 22 Dioceses and Archdioceses, we have no less than 8 expecting a change in leadership within the next three years. That represents a 38% new intake of Bishops by 2013. And that is massive.
It could be the beginning of the end for the Magic Circle and the start of an era of spirituality for the Catholics of England and Wales - let's pray that is the case.