According to word on the internet, Bishop James Wingle has cancer of the prostate. Note the following posting on Socon or Bust
Fr. Tim Moyle says:
May 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm
According to the Eganville Leader (small weekly from Bishop Wingle’s home town), his sister says that he stepped down as bishop for reasons of ill health in the wake of a battle with prostate cancer.
It’s a sad commentary on the times that one would hope that such horrible news if true is considered better than other possible alternatives.
I don’t for the life of me understand why prostate cancer would be kept secret. Not at all. To the contrary, I believe the Catholic thing for a bishop to do under such circumstances would be to ask for prayers for strength for the difficult journey which lies ahead.
Why would a bishop deny his flock the opportunity to pray for him in his time of need? Why would he not ask for prayers? Why?
Bishop Wingle may indeed have prostate cancer, and if that’s the case my prayers are certainly with him, but, I believe there is something else afoot here.
We shall see…..
On Saturday I posted three more documents regarding Father Lorne Whalen. If you missed them on New to the Site (New tab at the top of page) here they are. Penned by a Roman Catholic priest, they fall into the read and weep category.
An interesting coincidence here…
Father Lorne Whalen was eventually ordained for the Diocese of Pembroke by Bishop James Windle in May 1988. He spent his first years as a priest in Eganville, Ontario.
Bishop James Wingle was raised in Eganville Ontario. After spending some time working with Ontario Correctional Services he decided to become a priest. In 1977 Wingle was ordained at St. James church in Eganville, by Bishop J.R. Windle.
Wingle would have been long gone from the Pembroke diocese when Whalen came along – he was teaching at St. Augustine’s Seminary from 1984. But, his family was still in the Eganville area. And he was still a priest incardinated in the Diocese of Pembroke.
It means little, but just seems uncanny that, on the one hand I am posting articles related to an abdicating bishop, and the other I am reviewing files related to Father Lorne Whalen, and both were ordained by Bishop Windle, and both were incardinated in the Diocese of Pembroke, and one was born and bred in Eganville, and the other’s first duties as a priest were in the Eganville.
Sheer happenstance I know, but, ….. interesting.
Anyway, I will get on with posting more Whalen documents and info.
Enough for now,