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19.08.2009 Meeting…

After several postponements I will meet today the local Archbishop of Cape Town to discuss my future. From outside it might look easy, but CIC, canon law, can be very tricky.
The German Bishops Conference has ended my contract. But at the end, only the local bishop determines the end of my assignment in conjunction with my local bishop. My successor was presented to the Archbishop in Cape Town. He must formally appoint him, without it, no visa and no work here. He has not done it as I write this.
To make things more complicated: Bishops must put in their resignation with 75. If accepted, life stands somehow still in a diocese until a new bishop is installed. Archbishop Henry has reached the 75 and put consequently in his resignation. If it is accepted – there is a further problem, because my successor cannot start work until the installation of a new bishop. So everything would be stalled for a while or longer.

I hope to get some clarity about the way forward during the meeting and to know first hand, what will happen with me. There is still some weeks to go…
And after the meeting back home and continue recovering from H1N1…  Life is never boring… 🙂

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