Pope appoints new bishop in Kansas City, Mo.

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Pope Francis has appointed Bishop James Johnston Jr. as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri, the diocese said on its website on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop James Johnston Jr. as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri, the diocese said on its website on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

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Bishop James Johnston Jr. will be installed on Nov. 4.

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  • Neon Genesis

    I hope the Catholic church did a proper background check on this guy. They should have background checks for priests like they do for purchasing a gun.

  • Greg1

    Usually the background checks are done locally. The pope will request recommendations from the archdiocese in which the diocese resides, as well as other sources. The pope will then go through a screening process, and finally select one of the candidates. Once chosen, the priest will then be ordained by at least two bishops so to receive the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Only a properly ordained bishop has the authority to ordain. And each bishop in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, enjoy an unbroken line of succession of ordinations from bishop to candidate (person to person), by means of laying on of hands (1Tim 4:14), all the way back to one of the 12 apostles. This sacrament does not ensure the person is not a pedophile, but only ensures that when the bishop performs the sacraments, that the Holy Spirit operates through them, and the promise of each sacrament occurs. I’m sure our pope did a good job screening this one.

  • Johnny Midnight

    Bishop Finn gets his man as his replacement!!!!

    Well played, Bishop Finn. Well played indeed. 🙂