November 10, 2005

For Bishop Angell, past five years a test of faith

Times Argus

November 10, 2005

By Kevin O'Connor Rutland Herald

Listen to Vermont Catholic Bishop Kenneth Angell sermonize and you might think he's against everything.

He's against war. Against abortion. Against assisted suicide. Against the death penalty.

Angell sees it differently.

"I'm pro-life," he'll say with a gentle smile.

But life hasn't been easy lately for the leader of Vermont's largest church, who retired Wednesday. He has fought against gay and lesbian marital rights in the first state to ratify same-sex civil unions. He's tried to curb a priest shortage at the same time his diocese faces another round of misconduct lawsuits against its clergy.

Posted by kshaw at November 10, 2005 08:57 AM