Pope names new bishop for Monterey

Austin, Texas, Auxiliary Daniel E. Garcia chosen for Monterey post

Pope Francis has named the auxiliary bishop of Austin, the Most Reverend Daniel E. Garcia, as the new Bishop of Monterey. The appointment was publicized in Washington on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop Garcia was born August 30, 1960 in Cameron, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint … [Read more...]

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Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa: “I have no desire to cover up anything”

Adds retired superior court judge and retired appeals court justice to Diocesan Review Board to provide advice on releasing names of priests accused of sexual abuse

The following is from a statement by Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, regarding steps the Diocese of Santa Rosa is taking to release names of priests accused of sexual abuse: I have been reviewing files [related to child sexual abuse] for the past month and have established what I believe to be a complete list of all of the accused. Now I must determine if there is some … [Read more...]

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“We were shocked”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber offers opinion on why Vatican asked U.S. bishops to wait on abuse measures: "The Holy See doesn’t want us to get too far ahead of the rest of the Church"

The following is by Bishop Michael C. Barber of the Oakland: All the Catholic bishops of the USA meet twice a year. We just concluded our November meeting, during which we, as a body, had planned to vote on specific “Action Steps” to purify the Church following the Cardinal Theodore McCarrick scandal, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and the Archbishop Carlo Vigano … [Read more...]

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“The allegation is false”

Cardinal Cupich says report that he and Cardinal Wuerl collaborated on alternative to USCCB proposal for bishop accountability is not true

Cardinal Blase Cupich is firing back against claims that he sought to advance an alternative proposal for bishop accountability ahead of last week’s meeting in Baltimore, in place of the plan put forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “The allegation is false,” the archbishop of Chicago told Crux on Sunday, in response to a Catholic News … [Read more...]

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No one knew more

Richard Sipe, the man dismissed by Bishop McElroy

By Tim O’Neill Speaking about the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church this past summer, Leon Podles, author of Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (2008), said, “It was nothing new to me. I had known about McCarrick myself for almost 20 years. I live in Baltimore, and a lot of the chancery there is—at least was—pretty much controlled by … [Read more...]

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“We have to trust the wisdom of our Holy Father”

San Francisco archbishop expresses surprise after USCCB meeting, but says universal Church must act together

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: My Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, As I write this message to you, I am in Baltimore, Maryland, for the plenary assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I can tell you I came prepared to work with my fellow bishops to move aggressively forward in dealing with … [Read more...]

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Wuerl’s plan

Cardinals Blase Cupich and Donald Wuerl collaborated extensively on alternative policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and … [Read more...]

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Vatican, U.S. bishops sued by six men over allegations of sex abuse

Lawsuit claims the Vatican and the bishops knew about and covered up the “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse” of the plaintiffs

The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church. The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 claims that the Vatican and the bishops knew about - and covered up for - the … [Read more...]

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“How much more can the people of God put up with?”

Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly tells newspaper: "I would not call Archbishop Viganò a liar. I think he’s a man who wants to – I think he wants to make sure his conscience is clear before God."

Light streamed into Bishop Thomas Daly’s office one recent afternoon as he spoke, in sometimes blunt terms, about the widening scandal of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United States. “It’s a moral crisis,” Daly said. “We have degenerate behavior, hypocrisy and now cover-up. My thought is, ‘How much more can the people of God put up with?’ ” Sexual abuse scandals have … [Read more...]

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Bishops reject resolution encouraging Vatican to release McCarrick documents

The resolution was voted down by a vote of 83-137, with three abstaining

On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and it was voted down by a clicker … [Read more...]

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