Religion: Jogger's Progress

When John Cardinal Heenan, leader of 4.1 million Roman Catholics in England and Wales, died last November, church watchers and the oddsmakers at Ladbroke's began guessing which of the realm's 18 bishops would replace him. Last week Pope Paul VI provided the answer: none of them. He bypassed the entire hierarchy and appointed instead tall, white-haired Dom George Basil Hume, 52, abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Ampleforth in Yorkshire. Hume is the first monk to become Archbishop of Westminster since England in 1850 permitted the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy.

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