Geography Tops Seniority on Archbishop's New Council

By Eric Convey
Boston Herald [Boston MA]
March 19, 2004

The Archdiocese of Boston yesterday released the makeup of newly reconstituted council that will advise Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley on key issues including parish closings.

The Presbyteral Council has been in existence for years, but was reconfigured on O'Malley's orders. New members were elected by priests based on geography rather than age.

The Rev. Robert Bullock, who heads the independent Boston Priests Forum, which has challenged archdiocesan leaders in the past, said yesterday the new selection worked well.

"I think it's a terrific group . . . I think they'll do splendid work," Bullock said.

The Presbyteral Council consists of all six bishops in the archdiocese, 24 elected diocesan priests, seven priests from such orders as Jesuits and O'Malley's Franciscans, and 10 priests appointed by O'Malley.

Its first gathering was yesterday.


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