Parramatta Bishop a contender of Archbishop role

Parramatta’s Bishop Anthony Fisher could be set to land the plum role about to be vacated by Cardinal George Pell.

Bishop Fisher has been named as a frontrunner to become Archbishop of Sydney when Cardinal Pell takes up his new role in the Vatican.

Church commentator and ABC radio host John Cleary said there were two possible candidates for the Archbishop’s role.‘‘The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, hasn’t been in the job very long but he’s got a long history of being associated with the Vatican and Rome,’’ he said.‘‘The other contender would be Anthony Fisher, the Bishop of Paramatta.

‘‘[He’s] been in the job four or five years and is something of a protégé of George Pell.’’Bishop Fisher, 53, a former lawyer, is overseas, but released a statement today congratulating Cardinal Pell on his appointment as Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See.

‘‘This is a great honour for a great man of the Church and for the Church in Australia,’’ he said.‘‘Cardinal Pell has always led ‘from the front’ in our country and never shied away from the hard questions even when this was unpopular. 

‘‘He will demonstrate the same doggedness in his new role.’’

Click here to read Bishop Fisher’s full statement.

Click here to read how the new Archbishop of Sydney will be chosen.

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