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.