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Sheehan named to replace Sanchez.

Pope John Paul II has named Bishop Michael Sheehan of Lubbock, Texas, the new archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M. Sheehan, 54, is especially noted for his work in evangelization. He has been apostolic administrator of the Santa Fe archdiocese since April 6, when Archbishop Robert Sanchez resigned amid allegations that he had been engaged in improper conduct with several young women in the 1970s and 1980s.

The new archbishop has been bishop of Lubbock since that rural western Texas diocese was formed 10 years ago. Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, papal pro-nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment in Washington on Aug. 17.

Sheehan said that since April he has spent more than half his time in New Mexico - much of it meeting with priests and people around the Santa Fe archdiocese, home to some 500,000 Catholics, trying to deal with their disillusionment over the allegations of sexual misconduct by Sanchez and a number of priests.

Priests also have been hurting, said Sheehan. The "loss of their archbishop is a terrible blow. He is much loved and a native son," he said. Sheehan also has implemented a new archdiocesan policy to deal with issues of sexual misconduct by priests, a policy recommended by Sanchez before his resignation.
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Title Annotation:Bishop Michael Sheehan; Archbishop Robert Sanchez
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Biography
Date:Aug 27, 1993
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