On Thursday, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Klaus Kung of Feldkirch, as the new bishop of the diocese of Sankt Pölten, recently rocked by a sex scandal involving the diocese’s seminary and forced the early resignation of Bishop Kurt Krenn.
The new Bishop, a member of Opus Dei who was appointed Apostolic Visitor to the diocese when the sex scandal sparkd, is well known at the Vatican.
A Medical School graduate, in 1962 he joined Opus Dei and studied theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
He was ordained a priest for the Persoanl Prelature of Opus Dei on August 23 1970, and from 1976 to 1989 served as the Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Austria.
On January 21, 1989 he was appointed Bishop of Feldkirch.
Bishop Küng is a member of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy and a Consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family.