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Monday, February 22, 2010

Send them over here

A report that the issue of reducing the number of dioceses in Ireland was mentioned by Cardinals Giovanni Battista Re and Tarcisio Bertone(prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and Vatican Secretary of State, respectively) during meetings last week with the Irish bishops reminds one that the U.S. could sure use a few new dioceses. It wouldn't be the first time the Irish Church has provided assistance to us.

I think in particular of the monster archdioceses like Los Angeles (rumors of its division are already bouncing around) and Chicago (six auxiliary bishops = one fat clue), though I can't help but think, parochially (ha), that my own Archdiocese of Washington could use another suffragan diocese. Not that there's anything wrong with the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, but -- and I say this with great respect for my brothers and sisters in Christ who, under Bishop Harper, make the Gospel of Jesus Christ present where they live -- visions of rum swizzles do little to add to the gravitas of Washingon's portfolio.

(First link via Luke Coppen's Morning Catholic must-reads.)