.- Last week, the Vatican sent two representatives to the Diocese of Memphis for an apostolic visitation. According to reports from local media, the visitation was to address concerns regarding major changes made by Bishop Martin D. Holley, including the reassignment of up to two-thirds of the 60 active priests in the diocese.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta and Archbishop Bernard A.
Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis were assigned as the apostolic visitors,
and were sent to Memphis for three days of “fact-finding,” which
included interviewing Memphis-area clergy and laypeople, according to
Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal.
The Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith defines an
apostolic visitation as “an exceptional initiative of the Holy See which
involves sending a Visitor or Visitors to evaluate an ecclesiastical
institute such as a seminary, diocese, or religious institute.
Apostolic Visitations are intended to assist the institute in question
to improve the way in which it carries out its function in the life of