Visiting cardinal ‘anxious to share his concern’ for climate change

Cardinal John Ribat to visit at least 2 parishes in the Diocese of San Bernardino

This coming week Cardinal John Ribat will visit the MSC Community here in California. Forty years ago John Ribat, a young man from Papua New Guinea, made his profession of religious vows as a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. After being ordained a priest in 1985, he began his ministry as a parish priest in his native country. With a capacity for pastoral … [Read more...]

Will there ever be a pope from the United States?

There are numerous obstacles preventing an American from being elected to the papacy

A lengthy excerpt from a soon-to-be-released book by America’s Vatican correspondent, Gerard O’Connell, made some waves at the weekend. Among other things, the excerpt detailed the tallies from the first round of voting in the 2013 conclave that eventually elected Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, who took the regnal name of Francis. Titled, The Election of Pope Francis: An … [Read more...]

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory may lead D.C.

Appointment could come as early as next week

Pope Francis is expected to appoint Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta to serve as the next Archbishop of Washington, multiple sources have independently reported to CNA. Gregory would become the seventh Archbishop of Washington, succeeding Cardinal Donald Wuerl. A formal announcement could come as early as next week, sources say, though it has not yet been confirmed that … [Read more...]

“We’ll be at this for a while”

Bishop tells Los Angeles Religious Education Congress recovery from abuse scandals will take generations

In his debut at America’s largest annual Catholic gathering, one of the rising stars of the U.S. hierarchy warned that full recovery from the clerical abuse scandals, including a new style of leadership in the Church, will be a “generational” task. “We’ll be at this for a while,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who made a splash at last fall’s Synod of … [Read more...]

One-time Sacramento Bishop Francis Quinn dies at 97

Served from 1980 to 1994; disapproved tough anti-abortion tactics outside clinics, called celibacy “man-made law," openly speculated that women might one day be allowed as priests

Bishop Francis A. Quinn died Thursday. At 97 years old, he was the oldest living bishop in the United States at the time of his death. Quinn served from 1980 to 1994 as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, which covers 42,000 square miles in 20 counties. He led a growing flock in Northern California, including seven new parishes, two elementary schools and one … [Read more...]

Cardinal DiNardo discharged from hospital following stroke

Has entered rehabilitation program expected to last about two weeks

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has been released from the hospital, following a mild stroke last week, his archdiocese announced March 20. The cardinal, who serves as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, is expected to make a full recovery. DiNardo had suffered a stroke on the evening of March 15, while leading Stations of the Cross. He was admitted to St. … [Read more...]

Cardinal DiNardo suffers ‘mild stroke’

President of USCCB and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston hospitalized March 15

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference was hospitalized March 15 after suffering a mild stroke, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which has been led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo since 2006. “It is expected that Cardinal DiNardo will remain hospitalized for a few more days of testing and observation, followed by a transfer to another … [Read more...]

Two retired US bishops restricted from exercising ministry

One of them, Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J., reportedly moved to California in 2006 “for medical assessment and treatment for fatigue and depression”

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore announced on Monday restrictions on the ministry of both retired West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield and retired Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J. The restrictions against Bransfield are the result of a months-long preliminary investigation conducted by Lori, into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as financial … [Read more...]

Bishop Kevin Vann travels to Mexico on wheelchair mission

On trip sponsored by Knights of Columbus and American Wheelchair Mission, the bishop visited Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, helped deliver mobility aids to needy children

Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, recently embarked on a historic trip to Mexico, making a pilgrimage to the country’s spiritual center and helping deliver wheelchairs to children with special needs.  The trip was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the American Wheelchair Mission, a faith-based nonprofit providing wheelchairs to children with disabilities living in … [Read more...]

Dioceses of LA and Fresno to get new bishops

Father Alex Aclan and Bishop Joseph V. Brennan to become vicars of each area

LA’s newest bishop is a Filipino immigrant On March 5, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had tapped Msgr. Aclan to become the newest auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where the 68-year-old priest has served for 25 years. Aclan’s nomination makes him the second Filipino-American priest to be named bishop in the U.S. The first was Bishop Oscar Solis, … [Read more...]