That's what Thomas Peters, a Washington, D.C.-based blogger, is claiming in a recent post. Peters says that Cardinal Roger Mahony has approved the selection of a coadjutor bishop who would succeed him as Archbishop of Los Angeles when Mahony hits the retirement age of 75 next year:
Some of the faculty at St. John's Seminary – where new priests for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are trained – have expressed concern that the new coadjutor bishop will lean more “conservative” than his predecessor, and some have even threatened to resign or retire if this turns out to be the case.
Update: Peters responds to this post here.
Tod Tamberg, the spokesman for the Archdiocese, says this is mere
speculation. “It's coming from 3,500 miles away,” Tamberg says, “from a
guy who I don't think has ever set foot in California.”
While declining to explicitly deny the rumor, Tamberg says this sort of thing is to be expected for any archbishop in his final year.
“If I were the Pope, I might know something,” Tamberg said. “When the Vatican is ready to say whatever it wants to say, it will.”