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William Wright was ordained eighth bishop of
Maitland-Newcastle during a grand liturgy at
Sacred Heart Cathedral on 15 June.
IN POPE BENEDICT XVI's 2007 encyclical
Spe Salvi (saved in hope) he writes:
"Augustine....once described his daily life
[as bishop] in the following terms:
The turbulent have to be corrected, the faint-
hearted cheered up, the weak supported;
the Gospel's opponents need to be refuted,
its insidious enemies guarded against; the
unlearned need to be taught, the indolent
stirred up, the argumentative checked;
the proud must be put in their place, the
desperate set on their feet, those engaged
in quarrels reconciled; the needy have to
be helped, the oppressed to be liberated,
the good to be encouraged, the bad to be
tolerated; all must be loved." 
This position description would daunt
the most committed of men, as it did St
Augustine! In addressing the congregation
of a thousand at the episcopal ordination
of William Wright, eighth bishop of
Maitland-Newcastle, Cardinal George Pell
said of the bishop, "his work is basically a
service. He should be a father and brother
to the battlers, to the sick, to all those in
need and distress."
The Rite of Ordination included the age
old custom of questioning the Bishop-
elect on his resolve to uphold
the faith and to discharge his
duties faithfully. Once this
was completed, the Bishop-
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Bishop Bill is welcomed by Anglican Bishop Brian Farran.
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