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VATICANII-LIVING (UPDATED) Oct-24-2005 (440 words) xxxn

Only eight U.S. bishops still alive who attended Vatican II

By Jerry Filteau
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Forty years after the final session of the Second Vatican Council, only eight U.S. bishops who participated in its deliberations and voted on its documents are still alive.

Two were named bishops by Pope Pius XII, four by Pope John XXIII and two by Pope Paul VI.

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Charles G. Maloney, 93, of Louisville, Ky., and retired Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of New Orleans, 92, are the only remaining U.S. bishops who were named by Pope Pius XII. They were ordained bishops in 1955 and 1956, respectively.

At the age of 95, retired Bishop Marion F. Forst of Dodge City, Kan., is the oldest living U.S. bishop. Pope John XXIII named him a bishop in 1960.

The other three named by Pope John are:

-- Retired Bishop Charles A. Buswell of Pueblo, Colo., 92. He was ordained a bishop in 1959.

-- Retired Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen of Seattle, 84, who was ordained a bishop in 1962.

-- Retired Maronite Archbishop Francis M. Zayek of St. Maron of Brooklyn, N.Y., 85. Born in Cuba, he was ordained a bishop in 1962 and was serving as an auxiliary bishop for Maronites in Brazil during the council years. He was made bishop of Maronites in the United States in 1971.

Two still-living U.S. bishops were named during the council years by Pope Paul VI and were able to attend part of the council.

Retired Auxiliary Bishop John J. Ward of Los Angeles, 85, was ordained a bishop in December 1963 and attended the council's1964 and 1965 sessions.

Retired Bishop Loras J. Watters of Winona, Minn., 90, was ordained a bishop in August 1965 and attended the council's final session that fall.

Another American who voted at the council but was never part of the U.S. bishops' conference is retired Bishop John C. McNabb, 79, of Chulucanas, Peru. In 1964 Pope Paul made Chulucanas a prelature and named Wisconsin-born Father McNabb, an Augustinian missionary there, as its first prelate. Under church law at the time, heads of such prelatures were among the few nonbishops who automatically held council membership, so he was able to attend the final two sessions of Vatican II.

In 1967 he was made a bishop and in 1988 the prelature was made a diocese. Bishop McNabb retired in 2000 and is now pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.

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