News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 18, 2012

Indianapolis archdiocese introduces new leader


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The new leader for Roman Catholics in the Indianapolis archdiocese says he doesn’t know that he was moved from a high-ranking position in Rome for openly seeking to mend the Vatican’s frayed relations with U.S. nuns.

The Vatican announced the appointment of Archbishop Joseph Tobin today. Tobin is replacing Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, who retired last year because of health problems.

The 60-year-old native of Detroit has been the No. 2 official in the Vatican’s office for religious orders.

Tobin said after his introduction at Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis that it wasn’t easy to leave his post in Rome and that he didn’t seek to leave.

The archdiocese counts some 225,000 Catholics in its 39 counties in central and southern Indiana.