Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide

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Archdiocese of Adelaide

Archidioecesis Adelaidensis
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Location
Country Australia
Statistics
Area103,600 km2 (40,000 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2006)
Increase 1,290,786
Increase 275,174 (Increase 21.3%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established5 April 1842 as Vicariate Apostolic of Adelaide
22 April 1842 as Diocese of Adelaide
10 May 1887 as Archdiocese of Adelaide
CathedralSt Francis Xavier, Adelaide
Patron saintSt. Patrick[1]
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
Archbishop of AdelaidePatrick O`Regan
Bishops emeritusPhilip Wilson
Website
adelaide.catholic.org.au

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide is a Latin Church metropolitan archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia located in Adelaide, South Australia.

Cathedral[edit]

St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide. On 19 March 2020, Patrick O'Regan was announced by Pope Francis to be the 12th Archbishop of Adelaide.[2]

History[edit]

On 5 April 1842 the Apostolic Vicariate of Adelaide was erected, on territory split from the Apostolic Vicariate of New Holland and Van Diemen's Land (the later primatial Archdiocese of Sydney), both missionary pre-diocesan jurisdictions. It was promoted as the Diocese of Adelaide two weeks later on 22 April 1842, just six years after the first fleet arrived to Glenelg.

In 1845 it lost territory to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of King George Sounde - The Sound, which it recuperated in 1847 at the vicariate's suppression.

On 10 May 1887 it was promoted as the Archdiocese of Adelaide, while losing territory to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Augusta.

It had a papal visit from Pope John Paul II in November 1986.

On 19 March 2020, Patrick Michael O’Regan, Bishop of Sale, was appointed Archbishop here.

Province[edit]

The Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Adelaide comprises the metropolitan's own archdiocese and these suffragan dioceses:

Bishops[edit]

Ordinaries[edit]

The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, or any of its precursor titles:[3]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Francis Murphy (see above) † Bishop of Adelaide 22 April 1842 28 Apr 1858 16 years, 6 days Died in office [4]
2 Patrick Geoghegan, O.F.M. Ref. Bishop of Adelaide 15 April 1859 10 March 1864 4 years, 330 days Elected as Bishop of Goulburn [5]
3 Laurence Sheil, O.F.M. Ref. Bishop of Adelaide 23 June 1865 1 March 1872 6 years, 252 days Died in office [6]
4 Christopher Reynolds Bishop of Adelaide 25 May 1873 10 May 1887 13 years, 350 days Elevated as Archbishop of Adelaide [7]
Archbishop of Adelaide 10 May 1887 16 June 1893 6 years, 37 days Died in office
5 John O'Reily Archbishop of Adelaide 5 January 1895 6 July 1915 20 years, 182 days Died in office [8]
6 Robert Spence, O.P. Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 2 May 1914 6 July 1915 1 year, 65 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 6 July 1915 5 November 1934 19 years, 122 days Died in office [9]
7 Andrew Killian Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 11 July 1933 5 November 1934 1 year, 117 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 5 November 1934 28 June 1939 4 years, 235 days Died in office [10]
8 Matthew Beovich Archbishop of Adelaide 11 December 1939 1 May 1971 31 years, 141 days Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide [11]
9 James William Gleeson Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide 15 February 1957 6 July 1964 7 years, 142 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide
Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 6 July 1964 1 May 1971 6 years, 299 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 1 May 1971 19 June 1985 14 years, 49 days Resigned and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide [12]
10 Leonard Faulkner Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 2 September 1983 19 June 1985 1 year, 290 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 19 June 1985 3 December 2001 16 years, 167 days Retired and appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide [13]
11 Philip Wilson Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 30 November 2000 3 December 2001 1 year, 3 days Succeeded as Archbishop of Adelaide
Archbishop of Adelaide 3 December 2001 30 July 2018 16 years, 239 days Resigned [14]
12 Patrick O'Regan Archbishop of Adelaide 25 May 2020 incumbent 170 days

Note: On 3 June 2018 Pope Francis named Bishop Gregory O’Kelly, S.J. of Port Pirie as Apostolic Administrator of Adelaide. This occurred after Archbishop Philip Wilson was initially found guilty of concealing child-abuse om 22 May 2018[15] and did not resign. Pope Francis eventually accepted his letter of resignation on 30 July 2018.[16] Wilson's conviction was later overturned on appeal, but he did not return to the role.[17]

Coadjutors are included in the above table.

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

Name Titles Start End Reason for term end
Francis Augustin Henschke Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide,
Titular Bishop of Praenetus
18 May 1937 16 November 1939 appointed Bishop of Wagga Wagga [18]
James William Gleeson Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide,
Titular Bishop of Sesta
15 February 1957 6 July 1964 appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide (see above table)[19]
Philip James Anthony Kennedy Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide,
Titular Bishop of Ros Cré
29 January 1973 23 March 1983 deceased [20]
Gregory O'Kelly S.J. Auxiliary Bishop of Adelaide,
Titular Bishop of Ath Truim
6 July 2006 15 April 2009 appointed Bishop of Port Pirie [21]

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop[edit]

Sexual abuse cases[edit]

Father Albert Davis (died 2007), a member of the Dominican Fathers, was charged in 2006 with 17 incidents of indecent assault involving seven boys at Blackfriars Priory School from 1956 to 1960. Davis was committed to stand trial in the Adelaide District Court, but he died before proceedings were commenced.[22]

Father Charles Barnett pleaded guilty in 2009 (after extradition from Indonesia) to three child sex charges for events from 1977 to 1985 at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie.[23][relevant? ]

In September 2011, Senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege to name an Adelaide priest as the alleged perpetrator of sexual assaults on John Hepworth about 50 years earlier. Senator Xenophon alleged that the Vicar-General of Adelaide, Monsignor David Cappo, had been provided with detailed allegations in 2008 but had failed to act upon them, the investigations still being "at a preliminary stage" and the priest concerned not being stood down during the investigation.[24] An independent inquiry by Michael Abbott QC reported that there was no substance to the allegations, although Hepworth had declined to be interviewed for the inquiry.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Terry. "Patrons of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia". Star Quest Production Network. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Bishop Patrick O'Regan named Archbishop of Adelaide". Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Archdiocese of Adelaide". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2007.
  4. ^ "Bishop Francis Murphy". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Bishop Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan, O.F.M. Ref". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Bishop Laurence Bonaventure Sheil, O.F.M. Ref". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Archbishop Christopher Augustine Reynolds". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Archbishop John O'Reilly". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Archbishop Robert William Spence, O.P." Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Archbishop Andrew Killian". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Archbishop Matthew Beovich". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Archbishop James William Gleeson". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Archbishop Leonard Anthony Faulkner". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  15. ^ Notzon, Nancy (22 May 2018). "Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse". ABC News. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns amid child sex abuse cover-up". ABC News. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  17. ^ Wakatama, Giselle (7 December 2018). "Former Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson's conviction for concealing child sexual abuse quashed". ABC News. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Bishop Francis Augustin Henschke †". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Archbishop James William Gleeson †". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Bishop Philip James Anthony Kennedy †". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Bishop Gregory O'Kelly, S.J." Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Tasmanian priest guilty of abuse, SA accused dies". Catholic News. Australia. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  23. ^ "Extradited ex-priest admits child sex". ABC News. Australia. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  24. ^ Metherell, Mark (14 September 2011). "Senator names priest on 'rape'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  25. ^ "'No substance' to claims against Catholic priest". ABC News. Australia. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2012.

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