Louisville Archbishop Named by Pope Benedict

A native of Pennsylvania is named by Pope Benedict the 16th, as the new archbishop of Louisville.

Sixty-year-old Joseph Kurtz has been serving as bishop of Knoxville, Tenn.

Kurtz holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy, a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in social work.

“The first thing I should do - I’ll be in good company if I do this - is to come and listen, and listen with my heart. I would think that would be the first order of the day,” Archbishop Kurtz said.

“And he’s just got all of the qualifications and experience and the personality and above all, the spiritual depth that I would think of as the ideal combination for this archdiocese. I’m awfully glad he’s been chosen by the Holy Father,” retiring Archbishop Thomas Kelly said.

Kurtz succeeds Archbishop Kelly, who submitted his resignation when he turned 75 in July 2006.