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COADJUTOR, eccl. law. A fellow helper or assistant; particularly applied to the assistant of a bishop.

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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. That was not the end of the story, for Vaughan had to travel to Windsor on 9 January to ask Dean Patrick Hallinan to move to the Manly mission so that Sheehy could be given Windsor as a quiet country retreat after his retirement from diocesan administration.
Although he reported in his next letter to Cardinal Barnabo that Polding had ultimately 'begged' him to take the offices of vicar general and administrator, Vaughan's correspondence with his father indicates that a battle had been fought between the two archbishops and the young coadjutor had come out of the contest as the victor.
Muldee was named coadjutor in Providence, R.I., to succeed Bishop Louis E.
Murphy, who was coadjutor to Seattle Archbishop Raymond G.
The coadjutor phenomenon these days "is fascinating," according to Jesuit Fr.
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."
Roach, asked if he had to request a coadjutor rather than an auxiliary, said no law requires this, "but there has been for the past several years a practice that after the age of 70, you are not likely to get an auxiliary bishop." Whether the departed St.