Chicago auxiliary bishop to join Springfield Diocese

April 20, 2010 6:37:09 PM PDT
Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be named the new bishop of the Springfield Diocese. Sources say Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Paprocki to the new post. He will be formally installed as the ninth bishop of the Springfield Diocese June 22.

On Sunday at Holy Name Cathedral, Bishop Paprocki celebrated with Francis Cardinal George the special Mass for the victims of the Polish plane crash in Russia.

Bishop Paprocki was ordained to the priesthood in 1978. He grew up in Chicago, attended Quigley South Seminary High School and holds a law degree from DePaul University.

The Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests says it is disappointed with Paprocki's promotion. They say three years ago he blamed the devil for lawsuits over sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church nd he proposed shielding the church from legal damages.

In a news conference Tuesday Paprocki did say the church must address sexual abuse to help restore trust.


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