In a September 2020 letter, the leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) announced the Vatican’s decision to place the Diocese of Mariannhill under an Apostolic Administrator.
“I have been informed by the nunciature that following the apostolic visitation to the diocese of Mariannhill, the Holy See has decided to appoint an apostolic administrator ‘sede plena et natum Sanctæ Sedis’ in the person of Archbishop (William) Slattery OFM with immediate effect,” SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka said in a statement that was obtained by ACI Africa 24 September 2020.
In the letter that was addressed to members of SACBC and the Clergy, Bishop Sipuka clarified the meaning of Archbishop Slattery’s appointment in the Episcopal See that had been under the leadership of Bishop Dlungwane, 72 at the time.
“What this means is that while Bishop Dlungwane remains the Spiritual head of the Diocese and continues to be a member of the Conference, the actual administration of the Diocese, which includes organization of Pastoral life and work in the Diocese, discipline of the clergy, financial administration and other related administrative matters are now the task of the Apostolic Administrator,” SACBC President stated.
He added, “We entrust Archbishop Slattery, Bishop Dlungwane, the Clergy, religious and the faithful of Mariannhil to the Holy Spirit for a fruitful collaboration in advancing the mission of the Church in that part of the world.”
Mariannhill Diocese measures 12,612 square kilometers with a population of 335,100 Catholics, according to 2019 statistics.
Sheila Pires is a veteran radio and television Mozambican journalist based in South Africa. She studied communications at the University of South Africa. She is passionate about writing on the works of the Church through Catholic journalism.
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