State's Bishop-Elect an Advocate for Hispanics

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Pope Benedict has named a Catholic priest who signed "a statement of resistance" to Oklahoma's tough illegal immigration laws to become the new bishop of the Little Rock diocese.  That could signal a new sensitivity to Arkansas' growing Hispanic population.

Father Anthony B. Taylor will assume the role June 5 in the diocese, which oversees all the Catholic churches in the state.  Hispanics now make up more than half of Arkansas' Catholic congregation memberships of more than 116,000 people.

The 53-year-old helped start Spanish-language masses in Oklahoma parishes.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)