Archbishop Michael Sheehan, credited with righting New Mexico’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese after a devastating priest sex abuse scandal a decade ago, is being asked to stabilize another trouble spot.
The Vatican has appointed Sheehan, head of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, as apostolic administrator of the troubled Diocese of Phoenix.
The archdiocese made the announcement early today after Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Bishop Thomas O’Brien of Phoenix, who has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan is a good choice to temporarily head up this troubled diocese. My prayers go out to him and the people of Phoenix.