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Vatican City, Sep 3, 2019 / 04:41 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Tuesday accepted the resignation of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who will be succeeded by Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, coadjutor of the archdiocese since June.
A coadjutor bishop is appointed to assist in the administration of a diocese and succeeds the bishop upon his retirement or death.
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Coadjutors are often appointed when a bishop is in ill health; Sartain, 67, has had serious back issues and submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Francis in September 2018.
Etienne, 60, will now take over leadership of the Archdiocese of Seattle, which also has two auxiliaries, Bishops Eusebio Elizondo and Daniel H. Mueggenborg.
Sartain - Seattle - Bishop - Joliet - Bishop
Sartain has been archbishop of Seattle since 2010. He had previously served as bishop of Joliet and before that, from 2000 to 2006, was bishop of Little Rock.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Sartain studied English before entering seminary. He received a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 1977 and after his priestly ordination in 1978, returned to Rome for further studies at the Pontifical University of St. Anselmo.
Archdiocese - Seattle - Parishes - Missions - Centers
The Archdiocese of Seattle has 173 parishes, missions, and pastoral centers and serves over 579,500 Catholics.
The Archdiocese is facing questions after an AP story was published in August profiling a Seattle man who committed suicide. Photos in the article showed Fr. Quentin Dupont, SJ, blessing Robert Fuller, a parishioner of St. Therese church, before he committed medically assisted suicide May 10.
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Fr. Dupont told America magazine Aug. 30 he was unaware of the man’s intentions, and that if he had known the man was planning to commit suicide, he would have acted differently.
Dupont also denied being the Jesuit priest referenced in a Facebook post, in which Fuller claimed to have received the approbation of a...
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