Bishop Capone is clearly a saintly man, and he tells me he is planning something special for the feast of St Valentine next year. I also observed half-a-dozen priests entering his cathedral carrying violin-cases, so I assume that some brilliant musical event is being planned.
The clergy invite an old lady to a musical event.
All things considered, Bishop Capone looks like being a great asset to Catholicism in Chicago. And to think that, owing to a clerical error, they nearly appointed a seminary-closing, pro-life prayer-forbidding extreme-liberal bore called Bishop Blase Cupich instead!
Meanwhile, in England, Bishop Marcus Stock has been appointed as the new Bishop of Leeds.
Stock is said to be a close friend of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and has even been described as Vin's stockpuppet.
Curiously, Damian Thompson of the
Telegraph Spectator was once tipping Fr Alban McCoy of Cambridge to the
prestigious (and especially enlarged) seat once occupied by Arthur Roche. Clearly, this was a simple confusion
between Star Trek personages. As the picture shows, it is Spock who has Vin's ear.
Marcus Spock and Alban McCoy.
Uufortunately, Mgr Raymond Kirk of Chicago was excluded from consideration, owing to his extreme age.