Pope Francis names new bishop of Memphis Catholic Diocese

Published: Mar. 5, 2019 at 6:27 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Pope Francis reportedly appointed a new bishop for the Memphis Catholic Diocese on Tuesday.

Bishop David Talley was named to the role, as reported by Rocco Palmo.

Raised Southern Baptist, Bishop Talley joined the Catholic Church at the of age 24. He left the Baptist church over its views then on racial segregation.

Even at a young age, there was a connection to Memphis long before this new leadership assignment.

“From the time I was a little bitty Baptist boy, Dr. Martin Luther King has been a hero of mine,” Bishop Talley said. “He was then. He is now. He is a mentor to me about how you take the Gospel into the streets to bring out justice.”

Appointed Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana just over two years ago, Bishop Talley served for 23 years as a priest and the auxiliary bishop in the arch diocese in Atlanta.

The new bishop comes to Memphis with wounds to heal. Following a slew of complaints about Bishop Martin Holley, the Vatican sent two Archbishops to investigate last summer.

Pope Francis dismissed Holley in October for the mismanagement of the diocese.

He’s the sixth bishop after Bishop Martin Holley was removed from the role in October.

“What I want I am going to do over a good period of time is to hear from our people first, hear this family we have right here and then from my priests and my sisters and deacons and ask them their opinion and see what they say,” Bishop Talley said.

Tuesday, instead of a tall bishop’s hat called a mitre, Bishop Talley was welcomed with a dash of Tiger blue in the form of a UofM hat.

Bishop Terry Steib believes through Talley’s leadership the diocese will move forward.

“I am pleased we kept the faith throughout it all,” Bishop Steib said. “Knowing that we are bigger than just problems we have.”

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