The Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, has split the roles of chancellor and vicar-general in a restructruring of Diocesan management, reports The Catholic Weekly.
Archbishop Fisher has split roles of chancellor and vicar-general and appointed Chris Meney and respected academic and parish priest, Fr Gerald Gleeson to the respective roles. The joint responsibilities were previously held by Mons John Usher, parish priest of Mortlake.
“The Archbishop has discerned a need to bring more people in to help focus on some of these discrete aspects that previously perhaps were swept up in one role,” said Mr Meney, founding director of the archdiocesan Life, Marriage and Family Centre and father of nine.
“I think it’s probably even reflective of the Church Universal, and some of the perspectives that Pope Francis has brought into play in Rome.”
Mr Meney said Archbishop Fisher indicated it would be beneficial to have “a lay person and a well-qualified clergyman in these sorts of roles, and working together”.
The “scope of responsibilities” within the archdiocesan chancery had increased significantly in recent years, he said. “There needs to be a capacity for the Church to focus its efforts on specific areas.”
He said Australian dioceses could “see more of these types of arrangements” in the future.
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