At this festive time of year it is a bit of fun to wonder if there is a bishop in the Church who can claim to have jurisdiction over the North Pole and, thus, be Santa Claus’ pastor. I think such a claim might be made by the Territorial Prelature of Tromsø which is in the northernmost part of Norway. A portion of the territory of the prelature is above the arctic circle.
The Prelature is currently served by Bishop Berislav Grgić who is a native of Croatia. He can make a credible claim to be “Santa’s Bishop”.
BUT PERHAPS THE CANADIAN BISHOP OF CHURCHILL HUDSON BAY HAS A STRONGER CLAIM. HIS DIOCESE EXTENDS AS FAR AS THERE IS LAND TOWARDS THE POLE…
But I smiled at the idea of a Bishop of North Pole.
Happy and holy Christmas Father.
But Churchill-Hudson’s Bay didn’t exist until 1925. Whereas, what is now the Territorial Prelature of Tromsø was originally established in 1855 when all of Norway above the arctic circle was made a separate jurisdiction that was actually named the Apostolic Prefecture OF THE NORTH POLE. It was later assumed into another jurisdiction covering all of Norway which later again was subdivided into separate jurisdictions. Nevertheless, the Norwegians got there first and the Canadians can’t lay claim to something already administered by someone else!
I yield in complete submission.