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Friday, November 29, 2019

Roman-rite bishops belonging to the Maronite line

There have been two changes among those Roman-rite bishops who belong to the Maronite line.

Bishop Robert Anthony Llanos was named Bishop of Saint John’s-Basseterre on 18 December 2018.

Bishop Ernest Mesmin Lucien Cabo, Bishop emeritus of Basse-Terre, died on 28 November 2019 at Basse-Terre. With his death, there are now twelve living Roman-rite bishops who belong to the Maronite line.

Here is the list of the twelve bishops:

*Kelvin Edward Felix, Cardinal and Archbishop emeritus of Castries
*Edward Joseph Gilbert, C.Ss.R., Archbishop emeritus of Port of Spain
*Patrick Christopher Punder, Archbishop of Nassau
*Joseph Everard Harris, C.S.Sp., Archbishop emeritus of Port of Spain
*Charles Jason Gordon, Archbishop of Port of Spain
*Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau
*Francis Dean Alleyne, O.S.B., Bishop of Georgetown
*Robert Anthony Llanos, Bishop of Saint John’s-Basseterre
*Gerard Maximin County, C.S.Sp., Bishop of Kingstown
*Joseph Effiong Ekuwem, Archbishop of Calabar
*Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, Bishop of Umuahia
*Donatus Edet Akpan, Bishop of Ogoja

Another death in the d’Estouteville line

Bishop Joseph Antony Irudayaraj, S.D.B., Bishop emeritus of Dharmapuri, died on 29 November 2019 at Chennai. May he rest in peace.

The death of Bishop Irudayaraj reduces the number of living members of the d’Estouteville line to 47.

An updated list of the living members of the d’Estouteville line will be posted in due course.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Death of a former Roman Catholic bishop

Mario Renato Cornejo Radavero, former titular bishop of Sanavus and former auxiliary bishop of Lima, died at Rouen, France, on 22 November 2015.

Bishop Cornejo left the Roman Catholic Church in 1969 and married. He eventually moved to France and settled in Mont Saint-Aignan, near Rouen, with a traditionalist community, l’Eglise Sainte-Marie, founded by a former Benedictine monk, Father Maurice Cantor. On 7 June 1970 he conferred episcopal ordination on Father Cantor and on 11 October 1987 he conferred episcopal ordination on two priests of the same community, Father Roland Fleury and Father Claude Ducrocq, whom he had previously ordained priests. The above-mentioned episcopal ordinations were conferred without papal mandates.

Several others have claimed to have been ordained bishops by Bishop Cornejo, but I have not seen documentation of those ordinations.

Bishop Cornejo was one of a handful of living council fathers of the Second Vatican Council.

Information concerning Bishop Cornejo has been virtually non-existent for more than a decade and it was during a Google search on 21 November that I found a publication from Mont Saint-Aignan which mentioned his death.

In the January 2016 issue of Le Mag, on page 13, in the list of recent deaths, is the briefest notice of his death: “22/11 Mario CORNEJO, 88 ans.” May he rest in peace.