So, I have a New Archbishop

by Steve Ray on January 5, 2009

screen-capture-11I live in the suburbs of Detroit — near Ann Arbor to be exact. People ask me, “Aren’t you afraid to go to Israel?” I usually laugh and retort, “No, I’m afraid to go into Detroit!”

Today it was announced that Detroit has a new archbishop to replace the retiring Cardinal Maida. Bishop Allen Vigneron will take archbishop’s chair and receive the pallium.

I served on a Board of Directors for several years with Bishop Vigneron and found him to be very orthodox, astute, detail-oriented and faithfully Catholic. I pray for him as he steps into the important position as shepherd of 1.4 million Catholics that live in Metro Detroit.

To read the news release by our local paper, click here. The news from Catholic World News is here.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul F January 5, 2009 at 7:54 PM

I was looking around to find some opinion on Bishop Vigneron, since I know nothing about him. I’m glad to read the words “orthodox, astute, detail-oriented and faithfully Catholic” — especially from someone whose opinion I value. I’ll join you in praying for him.

Pete January 5, 2009 at 8:30 PM

There was speculation of my Bishop, Thomas Wenski of Orlando, filling this post. I guess speculation is just that!

Julie Williamson January 5, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Well, Detroit, it is your gain and our loss. Please pray for those of us in the Oakland Diocese that we may receive a strong bishop to replace him. We face many challenges here in Northern California. I’m very thankful that I will be able to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation with our bishop before he leaves in just a couple weeks!

Mrs. Tim Hall January 6, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Ditto what Paul F. said. Thanks, Steve. :)

Donna Ray January 20, 2009 at 1:10 AM

oh come on Steve! You cannot compare Detroit to the Gaza strip. I believe you know more about Israel than you do about Detroit. Since I have lived here 56 years I have found the biggest critics are people that spend less time here. Fear of something unknown, just as you tell the people that are afraid of Israel. There is too much prejudice in the world and most fear is based on prejudging people that don’t look like us.

STEVE RAY HERE: Thanks for your comments. My comparison between Gaza to Detroit was “tongue-in-cheek” and I expect most readers understood that. I am not afraid of Detroit and never have been. Frankly, there is not much I am afraid of. However, if someone IS afraid to go into certain areas of Detroit or Washington or Chicago, it is not without reason. While I would go to most areas in Israel and avoid others (e.g., Gaza), so I would go to most areas of Detroit too, while avoiding others. It is not a matter of fear as much as it is of wisdom. I am certainly a critic of Detroit in some ways — and for many justified reasons — but fear is not one of those reasons.

What you believe about my knowledge of Israel vs. Detroit is incorrect. I may not know Detroit as much as some others do, but I know more about Detroit than you might imagine.

Too much fear and prejudice in the world — or course there is, but I am not at all clear on how you concluded the above from my blog. There is of course too much fear in the world which is precisely why I am trying to help people overcome their fears — especially of travel to the Holy Land. Fear MAY be due to something unknown, as you say, but it may ALSO be quite the opposite — reasonable fear can be of something you DO know. Many things should be feared!

There is of course too much prejudice in the world, but my comments had nothing to do with prejudice or people who don’t look like me.

Your sense of justice and integrity are commendable.

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