Minnesota Bishop Named Next Cincinnati Archbishop


October 17, 2008

CINCINNATI - The Vatican has named a Minnesota bishop as the next leader of the Cincinnati Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Dennis Schnurr to assist current Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk and succeed him when he retires next year. Schnurr has been the bishop in Duluth, Minn., since 2001.

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

Pilarczyk is in his 70s and has been archbishop for nearly 26 years.

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.


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