For those who don’t know, a coadjutor Bishop is named by the Holy Father to “assist” the current Ordinary of a diocese and automatically becomes the Ordinary when the current Bishop reaches retirement age or dies. Bishop Finn became Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph in the same manner.

Still trying to find fitting words to encapsulate the Mahony era; instead I’ll paraphrase from a commenter on another site, regarding the soon-to-be new Archbishop Jose Gomez, formerly of San Antonio:

He’ll need every firehouse in the city to help clean out those Augean stables.

May Our Lady and St. Bibiana intercede for him.

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