New Archbishop tipped for Sydney soon: But when?

Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell is now at the Vatican as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, but who will be his successor as Archbishop of Sydney is increasingly a topic of discussion, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

Catholicism's top job in Sydney ­remains vacant almost four months after Cardinal George Pell said he was heading to Rome, despite the Vatican saying his replacement would be fast-tracked.

Some Church watchers believe the delay is due to tension over the appointment, which comes as senior clergy are grilled over their response to child sexual abuse at the Royal Commission.

Many in the Church believe an announcement is imminent. But if a new Archbishop of Sydney is not announced in the next few weeks, the key position will likely remain empty until September because Rome shuts down during the hot months of July and August.

The Sunday Telegraph offers again the widely tipped top three contenders for the role - and potentially the Cardinal's hat which generally accompanies the role of Archbishop of Sydney.

They are: Bishop Anthony Fisher, of Parramatta, Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle, and Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane. At 54, Bishop Fisher is the youngest of the three. Bishop Wright is 61, and Archbishop Coleridge the eldest at 65.

Full story: Top Catholic job remains empty after four months (The Sunday Telegraph) 

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