San Bernardino Bishop: Trump Administration immigration policy is an attack on the family

Separation of children from their parents violates Church teaching on human dignity, Bishop Barnes says

The following is an excerpt from a recent writing of Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino: We are called to take notice of and respond to specific situations and challenges that impact family life. One very painful and egregious example of this is recent reports of tactics now being carried out by federal immigration enforcement officials in regard to undocumented persons … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino bishop invites parish input on his successor

With his mandatory retirement just two-and-a-half years away, Bishop Gerald Barnes tells faithful: “You have a say. I’m proposing that before I send anything to Rome, that I consult with the parishes"

With his mandatory retirement just two-and-a-half years away, Bishop Gerald Barnes used this year’s Combined Vicariate meetings to ask the leadership and staffs of diocesan parishes to ponder this question. As part of his keynote talk, Bishop Barnes explained the formal process of how a new bishop is chosen for a diocese when the existing one retires. While the ultimate … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino bishop: “A year before I was to be ordained a priest, I was kicked out”

Bishop Gerald Barnes recounts his difficult road to priestly ordination: "In the Church at that time, you didn’t question authority so I was seen as kind of a rebel"

Hundreds of youth from across the Diocese enthusiastically gathered at St. Junipero Serra House of Formation in Grand Terrace on October 14 to celebrate Bishop Gerald Barnes’ 25th Episcopal Anniversary.  Youth and young adult Catholics bonded with each other through prayer, music and worship and also participated in several activities throughout the day, including a game of … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino bishop to receive national award for lay ministry

On June 2, Bishop Gerald Barnes will receive the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry

In the year of his Silver Jubilee, Bishop Gerald Barnes is being honored nationally for one of the hallmarks of his Episcopacy – lay formation. On June 2, Bishop Barnes will receive the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry. This honor is given to one who promotes understanding of the Church in the world within the context of the Second Vatican … [Read more...]

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ACLU sues federal government for giving money to the bishops

The cost of free money

The following comes from a June 24 release on Common Dreams, an ACLU website The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California today filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that fail to provide crucial medical care to unaccompanied immigrant … [Read more...]

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