“We have nothing to hide”

In letter to faithful, Oakland Bishop Michael Barber says names of all credibly accused priests in diocese will be released in about 45 days

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Bishop Barber of Oakland: Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In the wake of recent reports of scandal in the Catholic Church, I have decided the Diocese of Oakland will release the names of all clergy — diocesan, religious order and extern priests — who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. This is the latest … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop suspends pastor after accused priest allowed to administer sacraments

Bishop Michael Barber places pastor of St. Isidore Parish in Danville on leave for letting priest accused of inappropriate behavior with children say Mass and offer sacraments

The Bishop of Oakland has put a Danville pastor on leave after learning he let an itinerant priest who was removed from ministry over a child abuse accusation in another diocese celebrate Mass and sacraments at St. Isidore Parish. In a Sept. 21 letter to parishioners read at Mass last weekend, Bishop Michael C. Barber said he learned last week from another diocese’s … [Read more...]

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Bishop Barber wants priests released from the Papal Secret

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber says priests who worked in the Roman Curia and U.S. diocesan offices should be allowed to testify in sex-abuse inquiries

The following is by Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ: Many Catholics have had their faith shaken by the recent revelations in Pennsylvania, the scandalous behavior of an American cardinal and the recent letter from the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. I’ve been in the Navy Reserve for 27 years. Every year about 50 admirals, generals and commanding officers of … [Read more...]

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Liturgy remains a priority in Oakland diocese

Bishop Michael Barber reflects on his first five years as bishop

The Catholic Voice asked Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, to talk about his first five years as bishop of Oakland, and what he wants to accomplish: What about being in Oakland has surprised and/or delighted you? When I arrived, I had priests tell me that Oakland had some of the biggest challenges of any diocese in the United States but also some of the biggest opportunities and … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop names executive director for Lumen Christi Academies

Bishop Michael Barber has appointed longtime Catholic educator Rodney Pierre-Antoine to head network of seven elementary schools within the diocese

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has appointed Rodney Pierre-Antoine as the founding executive director of the new Lumen Christi Academies, a network of seven elementary schools within the Diocese of Oakland. Pierre-Antoine will begin his work in leading the new network May 14, 2018. Pierre-Antoine has served as a Catholic educator in the East Bay Area for most of his career, … [Read more...]

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“Children in the womb are real people”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber embraces 'seamless garment,' but notes "you can't enjoy an affordable house or earn a living wage if you are not alive to begin with"

There are many arguments we can make in favor of life, for human rights for the child in the womb, concern for the most innocent and neglected people in our society, the toll abortion takes on the mother — but the most convincing argument for me is when I meet a young person who says to me "My mother was going to have an abortion, and then changed her mind at the last minute. … [Read more...]

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Oakland diocese sues cathedral builders, architects

Lawsuit alleges “design and/or construction defects and damages” at $175-million Cathedral of Christ the Light

Since it was completed in 2008, Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light has been hailed as an architectural marvel, but the same design and construction that has drawn such praise is also at the center of a legal dispute over defects including cracking concrete, faulty plumbing and other flaws that have caused damage to the cathedral complex. The Catholic Cathedral Corporation … [Read more...]

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CA dioceses losing staff to bishops’ conference, seminary

Dr. Margaret M. Turek led Oakland's Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization; Rev. Alfred Baca was pastor of St. Columban Church in Garden Grove

Dr. Margaret M. Turek, STD, will be leaving her position as director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization to serve as professor of Dogmatic Theology and director of the Master’s in Arts (Theology) program at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park. Her resignation is effective April 30. Dr. Turek led the Department of Faith Formation and … [Read more...]

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No Secrets

Catholic high school in Concord exposed The following are excerpts of an April 27 email received from Mike Arata, a reader in the East Bay area, Oakland diocese. Brother Robert Wickman, who returned as principal at Concord's De La Salle High School (known far and wide for its football program) has promoted at least two homosexualist programs at the school this year, most … [Read more...]

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Catholics beware!

“Pseudo-Catholic Organization Active in Diocese,” Oakland chancery warns The following is from the April 16 edition of The Weekly, a publication of the chancery of the Oakland diocese. It has been brought to the Bishop’s attention that there is a non-Catholic group operating in certain parts of the diocese that sometimes masquerades itself as a Catholic organization. The … [Read more...]

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