NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The pope has named a coadjutor bishop to help out and eventually take over for the archbishop of Newark, who has faced harsh criticism for his handling of a sexually abusive priest.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Bernard A. Hebda of Michigan to serve alongside current Archbishop John Myers.
“Archbishop Myers is number one, I wouldn’t even assume to be number two, but certainly the archbishop continues to be completely the one who is the shepherd for the archdiocese,” Hebda said.
“If you wonder if I’m surprised, the answer is, yes,” Hebda added.
Hebda, 54, will also succeed Myers when he vacates the office. Myers is 72 and bishops must submit their resignations when they turn 75. Myers told CBS 2’s John Slattery he enjoys the idea of having a sidekick.
“I intend to be here until I’m 75,” Myers said.