Springfield’s New ‘Chronically Hopeful’ Bishop Pledges Transparency On Abuse


December 11, 2020

By Kari Njiiri

On Monday, the Rev. Bill Byrne will be installed as bishop of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese. He succeeds Mitchell Rozanski, who left this summer to become archbishop of St. Louis.

Byrne comes to western Massachusetts from Potomac, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C.

Kari Njiiri, NEPM: Your archbishop in Washington, Wilton Gregory, recently became a cardinal, the first African American cardinal in church history. Can you talk about the meaning of this, especially in a year with such a focus on racial justice?

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