LA archbishop headed to Rome for Vatican meeting on bishops accountability

Archbishop Jose Gomez slated for post-Easter trip to fill in for ailing Cardinal Daniel DiNardo to discuss proposals for accountability the U.S. bishops hope to adopt in June

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, after a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, at the Vatican Oct. 26. Also pictured are Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, Byzantine Catholic Archbishop William C. Skurla of Pittsburgh, Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago. (CNS via Crux)

Archbishop José Gomez, the de facto head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as the body’s president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, faces health issues, will travel to Rome the week after Easter to meet Vatican officials to discuss new measures for U.S. bishop accountability.

Crux has confirmed with multiple sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to comment on the matter, that a USCCB delegation, originally intended to be led by DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, will discuss proposals for accountability that the U.S. bishops hope to adopt when they meet again in June.

Monsignor Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the USCCB, along with other senior officials, will join Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles, for the visit.

Last month DiNardo was briefly hospitalized for what was termed a “mild stroke.” Gomez is currently responsible for day-to-day operations of the USCCB while the Texas cardinal is recovering.

He said that following a March administrative committee meeting of the USCCB, a delegation would travel to Rome to present the developing proposals in order to avoid a repeat of what happened last November when the Vatican quashed previous plans for a vote, stating that the proposals lacked the necessary accordance with canon law and that the U.S. bishops’ had not given adequate time for Vatican review.

DiNardo told Crux that prior to putting any new policy up for a vote, it would be necessary to “take a quick visit to Rome” as “we don’t want to see what happened before.”

Full story at Angelus News.

Comments

  1. If the Vatican is exercising ‘veto power’ over the USCCB actions, one might well wonder if the Bishops’ approval rating can go any lower.
    Meanwhile many vote with their checkbook and/or their feet.

  2. helen wheels says

    more meetings
    more administration
    more “process”
    with apologies to General Electric’s
    old slogan:
    “Process is our most important Product”

    • Dear helen-

      Please never forget that one gospel book could have been enough to capture the Good News. It took two more synoptics, one phisophical gospel, and many epistles, in order to “process” the gospel, and that’s just in the first hundred years.

  3. Anonymous says

    Francis is going to give Jose his orders. And Jose will follow them because he wants his cardinal’s hat. The USCCB meeting will be another farce.

    • Anonymous says

      I have always thought Abp. Gonmez was persecuted for some unknown reason, by the Vatican’s strange refusal to give him his Red Hat. Take Cdl. Mahoney’s Red Hat off his UNWORTHY head– and laicize him! And give Abp. Gomez his Red Hat! And demand a total Roman Catholic L.A. Archdiocese, too!!

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