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Catholic Bishops in the United StatesChurch Leadership in the Third Millenium$
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Stephen J. Fichter, Thomas P. Gaunt, Catherine Hoegeman, and Paul M. Perl

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190920289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190920289.001.0001

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Who Are the Bishops and Where Do They Come From?

Who Are the Bishops and Where Do They Come From?

Chapter:
(p.15) 1 Who Are the Bishops and Where Do They Come From?
Source:
Catholic Bishops in the United States
Author(s):

Stephen J. Fichter

Thomas P. Gaunt

Catherine Hoegeman

Paul M. Perl

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190920289.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of information on the current bishops of the United States: their age, where they are from, where they went to school, what they studied, their theological perspective, and which pope appointed them bishop. Additionally, what is the size and complexity of the dioceses they lead? Characteristics such as these are helpful in understanding the human, cultural, and geographic context of the American bishops at the start of the 21st century. In trying to assess and identify the desired qualities for a bishop, some criteria are hard to measure and instead rely on a careful discerning judgment (solid faith, gentleness, wisdom, etc.), and other criteria are more readily ascertained and documented (age, management skills, education, etc.).

Keywords:   age of bishops, education of bishops, size of diocese, prior experience, theological perspective

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