The priest, spokesman and secretary general of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE), José María Gil Tamayo, has been appointed bishop of the diocese of Avila after the Pope Francisco has accepted the retirement by retirement of the until now bishop Jesus Garci'a Burillo (Saragossa, 1942), according to has communicated this Tuesday in a press release the Vatican. The appointment does not prevent Gil Tamayo, of the EEC, from continuing to act as general secretary. This November, as reported by the Conference, there will be elections to that position. The new bishop of Avila has not announced if he plans to present himself. The episcopal ordination of Gil Tamayo will be on December 15 in the Cathedral of Cristo Salvador de Ávila, the ECE said in a statement.
The current spokesman for the bishops, a member of Opus Dei, was elected by a large majority in 2013 to serve as secretary for the next five years. During this five years, Tamayo has been at the forefront of some of the social issues on which the EEC has opined, such as surrogate motherhood, the blades in the gates of Melilla, the educational pact – in defense of Catholicism in the classrooms – and pederasty in the bosom of the Spanish Church. In fact, last month he was appointed member of the reserved committee that the Spanish ecclesiastical dome created to update the protocols against sexual abuse of minors.
Gil Tamayo (Zalamena de la Serena, Badajoz, 1957) has a degree in Information Sciences, which allowed him in 1992 to take charge of the direction of the Media delegation of the Mérida-Badajoz diocese, for 13 years (1998-2011 ) direct the Commission of Social Communications of the EEC and, later, the Information Service of the Catholic Church in Spain. Between 2001 and 2011 he was part of the European Episcopal Media Committee as an expert and consultant in the Roman Curia of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications between 2006 and 2016.
Until then Bishop Garcia Burillo leaves his post as bishop after turning 75 years of age and after 15 years ruling the diocese of Avila. From 2009 to 2017 he chaired the Episcopal Commission for Cultural Heritage of the EEC.