FEB. 12, 2008 (Zenit.org).-
Benedict XVI appointed Augustinian Father Michael Campbell as the coadjutor
bishop of Lancaster.
With this appointment he will be the eventual successor of Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue. Bishop O'Donoghue turns 75 -- the retirement age for bishops stipulated in canon law -- in 2009.
Michael Campbell was born in Larne, Northern Ireland, in 1941 and ordained a priest in 1971.
Lancaster's population of about 1.2 million has some 124,256 Catholics, served by 179 priests, 50 permanent deacons and 178 religious.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales revamped website doesn't carry any news about the report, though the Lancaster Diocesan website does. I don't know many journalists but the ones I do meet always complain that getting information about what was happening in the Church in the UK was like getting blood out of a stone.
The Church is in the communications business, if only we could supply the facts, answer questions intelligently, we might end up with less antagonism from journalists.
I remember speaking to one young woman who said, "If you have a deadline, and you spend a half hour on the net and the same amount of time trying to get something on the phone, and you come up with nothing or are just passed from pillar to post, your writing tends to show your irritation, or even your hostility. "Blood" and "stone" often mirror "information" and "Catholic Church"." The problem there is no central, and effective, information service.