IN TESTIMONY to the Church's exactitude in the appointment of bishops, a Dutch bishop was named to a diocese two days in a row.
On October 21, Pope John Paul named Bishop Hendrik Joseph Alois Bomers as coadjutor bishop with the right of succession to Bishop Theodorus Zwartkruis of Haarlem, Netherlands. But Bishop Zwartkruis died about one hour after Bishop Bomers' appointment and before Bishop Bomers could be installed in his post. The Pope appointed him on October 22, this time as bishop of the diocese. "Because the death of Bishop Theodorus Hendrik Zwartkruis, bishop of Haarlem, occurred before Bishop Hendrik Joseph Alois Bomers, named his coadjutor with right to succession, had taken canonical possession of his new post, the Pope has filled the vacancy in the diocese by naming the same Bishop Bomers residential bishop of Haarlem," said the Vatican.
Bishop Zwarkruis died of a brain hemorrhage.
The Pope named Fr Joseph Lescrauwaet, professor of theology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, auxiliary bishop of Haarlem.