The title of Vaughan's titular bishopric was significant, for his was not like the majority of titular sees whose names were rather obscure: the Benedictine Peter Baines was titular bishop of Siga as coadjutor to Bishop Collingridge, 1823-29; and the future Cardinal Moran was titular bishop of Olba when appointed in 1871 as coadjutor to the bishop of Ossory.
The relationship between a diocesan and his coadjutor was often a difficult one.
This was not the case with Vaughan's appointment, for Polding had been pleading with Rome for a coadjutor for some years, asking for one of the talented Vaughan brothers as early as 1866, and actually securing the appointment of his own vicar general, Samuel Austin Sheehy, in the same year.
The first sign of difficulties between Polding and his new coadjutor became evident within days of Vaughan's arrival in Sydney on 16 December 1873.
You have been sent here by the Holy Father as my coadjutor, and you shall be so; you shall do what I cannot do, you shall pontificate on solemn days, and go about giving confirmations and receiving the professions of nuns when I am unable to do it myself.
28) Austin Sheehy was prevailed upon to relinquish the vicar generalship by the end of the first week of January 1874; or perhaps he willingly gave it up to save Polding the embarrassment of losing his long hoped-for coadjutor.
A coadjutor (from co-, together, and adjutor, assistant) is a bishop appointed customarily with right of succession.
Murphy, who was coadjutor to Seattle Archbishop Raymond G.
Reese explained that the process for a coadjutor appointment is much like that for appointing an auxiliary bishop.
Referring to the earlier Minneapolis appointment, Reese said, "Roach was the first one to see the coadjutor as an opportunity for a stronger voice in his successor; it is an opportunity to veto or say 'no way' to certain names on the list.
This new approach, said Reese, gives the bishop nearing retirement not only a voice in the process, but a chance to pick and "train their successors to a certain extent," because the pending retiree will continue to work with the coadjutor for a while.
battle over a coadjutor came in 1985 when Donald Wuerl, now bishop of Pittsburgh, was named coadjutor to Seattle's Raymond G.