Media Release 13 February, 2013
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Denis Hart today received a letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, regarding the future of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.
The Congregation has been considering various proposals relating to the Diocese including the possibility that some parishes might be attached to other neighbouring Dioceses.
The Congregation has recommended that the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes continue as a Diocese, and has advised that a Bishop will be appointed in due course.
In his letter, Cardinal Ouellet acknowledged desire of the faithful of the Diocese to maintain the institutional identity of the Diocese, “which has its own respectable history and traditions.”
While there are significant challenges facing the territory including that of a diminishing population and fewer priests, Cardinal Ouellet has advised the determination of the future of the diocese will now be redirected along the way of canonical practice with the bishop and people of the diocese able together to carry things forward into the future.
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