Pope names new archbishop for Adelaide
Pope John Paul II has appointed Wollongong's Bishop Philip Wilson as the new Archbishop who will succeed Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner when he retires at the end of 2001.
Archbishop Faulkner last week enthusiastically welcomed the announcement from Rome that the 50-year-old Bishop Wilson had been named Archbishop Coadjutor for the Adelaide archdiocese's more than 250,000 Catholics.
"He is one of the outstanding bishops in the church in Australia," Archbishop Faulkner said, pledging that Adelaide's Catholics would welcome and embrace his successor. "As Bishop of Wollongong for the last four and a half years, and as a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Wilson has already made a major contribution to the life of the church in Australia.
Archbishop Faulkner continued: "I believe his pastoral approach and his own personality are wonderful gifts that will go well in Adelaide. I am delighted, for myself and for the archdiocese. I think it's a great appointment."
As Archbishop Coadjutor, Bishop Wilson is appointed with the right of succession. This means he automatically takes over as Archbishop of Adelaide when Archbishop Faulkner's resignation takes effect, expected to be later next year. Bishop Wilson is expected to visit Adelaide informally before Christmas and to take up his appointment within about two months.
Bishop Wilson said he was surprised and delighted at the appointment and "excited at the prospect of living in Adelaide and becoming a South Australian". He also asked everyone to pray for him as he prepared to leave Wollongong and move to Adelaide.
Bishop Wilson is a prominent Canon lawyer and a member of the Canon Law Societies of Australia and New Zealand, America, Great Britain and Ireland, as well as the Society for Medieval Canon Law.
Cath Comm (Adel)