Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 20: Wenski a Fine Choice For Archdiocese of Miami

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Bishop - now to be Archbishop - Thomas Wenski couldn't be a better choice to lead the Archdiocese of Miami.

Wenski, currently based in Orlando, was born in Palm Beach County and had spent much of his adult life working with the Archdiocese in various roles, most notably with Catholic Charities and with the Haitian community.

South Florida's many other ethnic groups know him well, too. Wenski succeeded Monsignor Bryan Walsh, one of the principals in Operation Pedro Pan, as the head of Catholic Charities before he became Orlando's bishop.

Wenski will replace Archbishop John Favolora, who has led the Archdiocese since 1994. Favolora has had his share of problems - most notably the scandal of priests who have been child molesters. Recent economic issues forced the shutdown of various local Catholic schools - most of them in poor areas - last year. He's also faced an increasing separation between the ideals of Pope Benedict and American Catholics.

Wenski is well-equipped to deal with these issues, as well as the ones South Florida typically faces.

Welcome home, Archbishop Wenski.

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