California bishops respond to recent scandals

Bishop Vann and Archbishop Gomez call for purification of Church

Editor’s Note: The following reflection from Bishop Kevin Vann was written and submitted to OC Catholic newspaper on Wednesday, August 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.  My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, It is with the utmost sorrow that I write to you in this time of great scandal and tribulation in our Church. Many people in leadership, particularly … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Wuerl proposes panel to investigate rumors against bishops

Would consist of fellow bishops, who would report findings to Rome for final action

The US bishops’ conference should consider setting up a panel to investigate rumours against fellow bishops, Cardinal Donald Wuerl has suggested. Speaking to National Catholic Reporter, the Archbishop of Washington also said the Vatican could ask one of its offices to investigate the panel’s findings. “If there were [rumours], and if people heard them, there needs to be some … [Read more...]

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“An authentic development of the Church’s doctrine”

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles issues statement on changes to Catechism regarding the death penalty

For some years now, I have expressed my concern that the death penalty is both cruel and unnecessary and I have called for its abolition. So, I welcome the changes to The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty and I am grateful for Pope Francis’ leadership in working for an end to judicial executions worldwide. The Catechism revisions announced today reflect an … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Church should support labor unions, Bishop Soto says

Sacramento Bishop spoke at the Social Action Summer Institute on range of social justice issues

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, told participants at the Social Action Summer Institute July 18 that only religious-minded patience can save the world from the horrific headlines of the day. "The past year has been heart breaking. Our patience has been tested," he said. "Patience is not resignation. It is not abdication." In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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Two LA bishops selected to represent US at youth synod

Archbishop Jose Gomez and Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron among five US prelates approved by pope

Archbishop José H. Gomez is among the bishops elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and ratified by Pope Francis to represent the United States at the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to take place October 3-28. “It is an honor and privilege to be selected to represent the Church in the United … [Read more...]

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Retired LA auxiliary named administrator of Monterey diocese

Gerald E. Wilkerson, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, has been appointed Apostolic Administrator “sede vacant”

The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre has informed us that the Most Reverend Gerald E. Wilkerson, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, has been appointed Apostolic Administrator “sede vacante” of the Diocese of Monterey in California. Full story at Diocese of Monterey. Bishop Gerald Eugene Wilkerson was appointed Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the San … [Read more...]

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For “Uncle Ted,” the final cut

Latest allegations against Cardinal McCarrick represent "a seismic moment"

Put simply, the report is a nuclear bomb. Even as last month's credible, substantiated allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a minor in the early 1970s resulted in the Pope's direct suspension of the 88 year-old prelate, and with it emerged two decade-old settlements by the dioceses he led over his misconduct with adults, late Thursday afternoon The New York Times … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan enters Supreme Court confirmation fray

As chairman of USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, he calls for prayers that "change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life"

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in … [Read more...]

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Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia has died

Diocese attributed death to complications of Alzheimer's Disease, which was diagnosed in April and followed by "a very rapid decline in health"

Catholic Diocese of Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia died Wednesday from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 71. The Diocese of Monterey wrote, "As a spiritual shepherd, he had a special concern for the poor, the incarcerated, migrant workers and immigrant communities. He was proud of his Mexican-American heritage and the diversity of cultures that are represented in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names coadjutor bishop for San Jose diocese

Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, will assist Bishop Patrick McGrath, 73, in the administration of the diocese and succeed McGrath upon his retirement or death

The Vatican announced Wednesday Pope Francis' appointment of Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico to be coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California. As coadjutor, Cantú will assist Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, 73, in the administration of the Diocese of San Jose, and succeed McGrath upon his retirement or death. Cantú, 51, has served as bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico … [Read more...]

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