Temporary successor to Cardinal Winning named

 A temporary successor to Cardinal Thomas Winning was appointed yesterday. Mgr John Gilmartin has been named as the new administrator of the archdiocese of Glasgow. He will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the office until a successor to the late cardinal is appointed. Mgr Gilmartin, 59, succeeds Mgr James Clancy, who has been acting as temporary administrator since Cardinal Winning died on June 17. News of the appointment by the College of Consultors - a group of 12 senior priests of the Archdiocese - has been sent to the Vatican by the Papal Nuncio in London. Mgr Gilmartin said: "I hope that in the weeks and months ahead I will be able to help in the smooth running of the Archdiocese. "These are months of uncertainty for all of us, and my hope and prayer is that we will be able to get through them together with the minimum upheaval possible and that soon the Holy Father will appoint a new Archbishop to lead the Church in Glasgow." Mgr John was born in Glasgow and trained for the priesthood at St Peter's College in Cardross in Dunbartonshire from 1962 to 1968. He was ordained on June 28, 1968 by the late Archbishop James Donald Scanlan of Glasgow before taking up an appointment as assistant priest in the parish of the Immaculate Conception, Maryhill. He took up his current position as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cardonald, in 1995. Speculation as to who will succeed Cardinal Winning has been rife in the Scottish press in recent weeks. On Sunday, Glasgow's Evening Times said a Vatican lawyer, Mgr Gerard McKay, 51, was in a strong position to succeed Cardinal Winning because of of his experience in Rome." Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell, who has previously served as an auxiliary bishop in the Glasgow diocese was named in the article as a front runner. Bishop Conti (from Aberdeen) and Bishop Mone of Paisley were also named. The Congregation of Bishops at the Vatican will make the final choice and the announcement is expected by next spring.

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