Minnesota Bishop Named Next Cincinnati Archbishop

By Kantele Franko

October 17, 2008

A Minnesota bishop was introduced Friday as the next leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Bishop Dennis Schnurr, 60, who has led a diocese in Duluth, Minn., since 2001, will assist Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk and succeed him when he retires next year.

Pilarczyk is 74. Bishops are required to submit their resignations at age 75.

Schnurr helped organize the 1993 World Youth Day that brought Pope John Paul II to the U.S. He's also the treasurer of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pilarczyk has led the Cincinnati archdiocese since 1982. He faced harsh criticism from victims of the church's sexual abuse scandal who accused him of reacting slowly to allegations against priests.

Other challenges have included a priest shortage, closing parishes, declining attendance and rising costs.

The archdiocese includes 220 parishes and nearly 500,000 Catholics. It's the 26th largest Catholic diocese in the U.S.


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