Cincinnati's Vicar General Named Auxiliary Bishop

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CINCINNATI, Ohio, APRIL 6, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI appointed Father Joseph Binzer, vicar general and chancellor of the Cincinnati Archdiocese, as auxiliary bishop.

Today the Vatican announced that Bishop-elect Binzer, 55, will serve as an auxiliary under the leadership of Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

The archbishop affirmed: «He is an excellent administrator but also a priest of great simplicity and compassion.

«His love of the Church shines through in his tireless service to the people of God. He is extremely well-respected by his collaborators at the chancery, by the parishes he has served and by people in general.»

«Bishop-elect Binzer loves the Church and serves her people tirelessly and with great compassion,» the prelate continued. «In requesting that he be appointed to this position, I told the Holy See that he is the type of priest who would approach the archbishop or any person he met with equal kindness.

Bishop-elect Binzer stated that he is «honored and humbled that our Holy Father would make this appointment.»

He will receive his episcopal ordination on June 9 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains.

The Cincinnati Archdiocese has 468,204 Catholics, 501 priests, 176 permanent deacons and 1,190 religious.

Also today, the Vatican announced that the Holy Father named Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, as a member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

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