----- Original Message ----- To: Louie Crew Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 9:28 AM Hi Louie, May I please use one of my stupid question bonuses now? What is a Coadjutor? What is the difference between a Bishop and a Bishop Coadjutor? A bishop coadjutor is elected with the right to succeed the incumbent diocesan bishop. She or he is a bishop in waiting, and rules require that the incumbent announce in advance of the election the specific duties the coadjutor will have before the current diocesan steps down. A bishop suffragan has no right of succession and serves under any other bishops that may be elected during her or his time as active suffragan. A suffragan may choose to run, but has no inside track any more than any of the other nominees. An assistant bishop serves only at the pleasure of the current diocesan bishop. Assistants have no guaranteed right to succession. We never elect assistants as assistants; they are appointed when they are already bishops having served elsewhere. They usually resign or retire before being considered. A new bishop may not like the suffragans inherited from the previous bishop, yet must keep them. The new bishop has no obligation to assistant bishops. The diocesan bishop is also known as "The Ordinary." Only the diocesan bishop "exercises jurisdiction" -- i.e., has the ultimate responsibility for the diocese, and only the diocesan may vote in situations where a diocese may have only one vote (such as in consenting to the consecration of a new bishop). There is a joke that relates to the difference between a coadjutor and a suffragan: when the suffragan greets the ordinary in the morning, the suffragan says, "Good morning." When the coadjutor greets the ordinary in the morning, the coadjutor asks, "How are your feeling?" Louie
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