Benedictine tipped as next Archbishop of Westminster

A Benedictine from a Scottish Abbey has emerged as the front runner to become the next Archbishop of Westminster.

Catholic News Agency reports a Scottish newspaper printed that prominent Catholic figures believe Abbot Hugh Gilbert OSB - who heads Pluscarden Abbey (pictured) - is the next in line for the role.

According to the newspaper article, the 55-year-old monk, has impressed important churchmen. He is known as a traditionalist and has overseen the expansion of his abbey and the founding of two offshoots in the US and Africa.

A convert to Catholicism, Abbot Gilbert became a monk in 1974 and was elected abbot at Pluscarden Abbey in 1992.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor who is the current Archbishop of Westminster was set to retire when he turned 75 in 2007 but was asked to remain in office.

Benedictine abbot could be new Archbishop of Westminster (CNA 03/02/08)

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Puscarden Abbey
Diocese of Westminster
Order of St Benedict (Wikipedia)

5 Feb 2008