Vatican City, Oct 3, 2017 / 05:09 am
The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger, who was the "promoter of justice" for the beatification cause of Fr. Stanley Rother, as the next bishop of Tuscon.
Bishop Weisenburger, 56, replaces Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, 76, who has retired from the episcopate after reaching the normal age of retirement, which is 75.
Before becoming bishop of Salina, Weisenburger was the promoter of justice for the cause of beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother, who was beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City after being recognized as a martyr.
The "promoter of justice" for a beatification or canonization cause is the person who, on a diocesan level, is in charge of carrying out an investigation into the candidate's qualifications for sainthood.