His predecessor had just banned three priests in his diocese from public ministry.
Elise Jordan on the debt the president owes his predecessor.
To date, Obama has only issued 182, while the predecessor he likes to blame for everything issued 291.
late 14c., "one who has held an office or position before the present holder," from Old French predecesseor "forebear" and directly from Late Latin praedecessorem (nominative praedecessor), from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + decessor "retiring official," from decess-, past participle stem of decedere "go away," also "die" (see decease (n.)). Meaning "ancestor, forefather" is recorded from c.1400.