Friday, September 19, 2014
THE SEE IS VACANT
A Saipan observer noted that yesterday was the 81st birthday of Bishop Tomas Camacho, the former bishop of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, Saipan. Bishop Camacho retired on April 6, 2010 and is now "bishop emeritus" of the diocese.
More than four years later, his successor has yet to be named, and the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa remains on the official list of "Vacant Sees".
Normally, upon (ore even before) the retirement, transfer, or death of a bishop, the process of identifying a successor begins without delay. Apparently, there was such a process. But according to some who are "in the know", it has not only mysteriously stalled, there is no initiative from Rome to even restart it.
The "in the know" people say that Saipan will get a new bishop when Guam does, and...Rome has its reasons. The end...maybe.