Breaking: Bishop Farrell to Rome

by Michael Sean Winters

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Later this morning, the Holy See will announce the appointment of Bishop Kevin Farrell to head the new "super-dicastery" for family, marriage and the laity. Bishop Farrell has been the Bishop of Dallas since 2007 and, before that, served as Auxiliary Bishop here in Washington, D.C.

Back on the 1980s, when then-Father Sean O'Malley was first made a bishop, then-Father Farrell took over the running of the Centro Hispanico. Like +O'Malley, +Farrell is an honorary Latino.

+Farrell is a splendid choice. In addition to his extraordinary organizational skills, which will be much in demand as he brings together several currently distinct commissions and councils into one organization, Bishop Farrell is probably one of the funniest people I know. 

[Michael Sean Winters is NCR Washington columnist and a visiting fellow at Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.] 

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