By Christina Hermoso and Leslie Ann Aquino
Retired Bishop Antonio Tobias has been appointed as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Novaliches.
In a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines News post, the 77-year-old prelate said, Pope Francis appointed him to the post a day after his retirement. He will serve as apostolic administrator until Bishop-elect Fr. Roberto Gaa formally takes over as the new bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches.
The dates of Gaa’s episcopal ordination and installation are yet to be announced.
In the meantime, Tobias, who has been serving the diocese since 2003, will continue to perform the functions of a bishop in his diocese. “It’s good this happened. I can continue what I need to do under the capacity given me by Rome as apostolic administrator,” he said.
Tobias said that even if Fr. Gaa is yet to be formally installed, he already has control over the diocese. “So every move I make, I would have to inform the new bishop, such as creating a new parish or ordaining priests,” the prelate said.
The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Tobias on June 6 and named Fr. Gaa as his successor. The mandatory retirement age for bishops is 75 years old. Fr. Gaa of the Archdiocese of Manila was serving as rector of the Holy Apostle Seminary in Makati City upon his appointment.