Joseph Anthony Galante

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Joseph Anthony Galante
Bishop Emeritus of Camden
Church Roman Catholic
See Camden, New Jersey
In office 2004 – 2013
Predecessor Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
Successor Dennis J. Sullivan
Orders
Ordination May 16, 1964
Personal details
Born July 2, 1938
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Previous post Bishop of Beaumont
Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas
Styles of
Joseph Anthony Galante
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Joseph Anthony Galante (born July 2, 1938) is a retired American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the Bishop of Camden, New Jersey from 2004 to 2013.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Galante attended Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood (where he received his BA in 1960), and the Pontifical Lateran University (where he received his doctorate in canon law in 1968) in Rome.[citation needed] Galante was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1964.

Galante served as Bishop of Beaumont, Texas from 1994 to 1999 and Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas from 1999 to 2004. He was appointed Bishop of Camden in 2004.[citation needed]

In a 2011 letter to Catholics in his diocese, he announced that he was suffering from chronic kidney disease caused by diabetes, but indicated that he could continue to serve as Bishop of Camden.[1] In 2012 he requested to resign for health reasons, and served until his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on January 8, 2013.[2]

Church closings[edit]

On April 2, 2008, Galante announced large scale mergers and closings of half of the parishes in the Camden diocese.

In January 2011, parishioners of the closed St Mary's Church of Malaga NJ re-entered the church and began an around-the-clock vigil that attracted regional and national media attention.[3]

Involvement in the Vati-Con scandal[edit]

On July 18, 2008 the New York Post reported Galante's involvement in the so-called Vati-Con scandal involving Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri, billionaire investor Ronald Burkle and Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway.[4] The Post reports that Bishop Galante sold Follieri a private beach house for $400,000 in 2007 and that one of Galante's priests misrepresented himself to potential investors. At the time Follieri was negotiating with the Diocese of Camden and other North American Roman Catholic dioceses to buy churches with Burkle money and sell the properties for later profit. In October, 2008, Follieri pleaded guilty to charges, and Manhattan Federal Judge John Koeltl imposed a 4 1/2 year prison sentence.[citation needed] The Galante/Follieri beach house in North Wildwood, New Jersey was put back on the market in 2008 and sold almost two years later for $310,000.[5][6] As of January 2013, Galante does not face any charges related to the scandal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20111003.htm#head2
  2. ^ Emily Babay (January 8, 2013). "New bishop 'delighted' to lead Camden diocese". philly.com. 
  3. ^ "Renegade parishioners defy order to close church", The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  4. ^ "A Deal with the Devil", New York Post, July 18, 2008
  5. ^ Fletcher, Juliet. "N. Wildwood condo sale links bishop, accused developer / Galante property buyer had Vatican endorsement", The Press of Atlantic City, July 17, 2008. Accessed May 28, 2013. "When Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph Galante decided to put a North Wildwood townhome up for sale in 2006, the head of the Camden diocese dropped it into conversations he had with a jet-setting Italian developer."
  6. ^ Zillow.com 749 W Oak Ave., North Wildwood NJ.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bernard J. Ganter
Bishop of Beaumont (Texas)
1994–1999
Succeeded by
Curtis J. Guillory
Preceded by
Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
Bishop of Camden (New Jersey)
2004–2013
Succeeded by
Dennis J. Sullivan