The San Francisco Chronicle reached out to Saint Mary's History Professor and Vatican expert Brother Charles Hilken about the selection of Rev. Michael Barber, SJ, a Boston-based priest who grew up in the Bay Area, as the new bishop of Oakland. Hilken commented on the unusal selection of Barber as opposed to an auxillary bishop, which has been traditional in contemporary times. The story "Boston priest named bishop of Oakland," includes observations by Brother Charles on the historical precedent for Pope Francis' elevation of Barber and the possible significance of a Jesuit pope selecting a Jesuit priest as the fifth bishop of Oakland. Read the article.
Date of Mention:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013