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Word of the Week: Auxiliary
February 22, 2012

Each Wednesday, will feature a "Word of the Week" to expand your vocabulary of Catholic terms. This week's word: Auxiliary.

With the announcement of Monsignor George A. Sheltz as the new auxiliary bishop for our archdiocese, I wanted to explore the distinction between an ‘auxiliary bishop' and ‘bishop.'

Auxiliary refers to jurisdiction, not to a sacramental ordination. Someone may be named an auxiliary bishop; however, he is ordained as a bishop. Between his appointment or his ordination he is bishop-designate, not auxiliary-designate.

A bishop that has been assigned to a diocese or archdiocese to assist the residential bishop is considered an auxiliary bishop. As Cardinal DiNardo is a cardinal bishop, Bishop-designate Sheltz is considered the Archdiocese's auxiliary bishop.
Source: Catholic News Service

By Paige A. Tomas
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