Two California bishops elected to head USCCB committees

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. bishops voted on a slate of positions and committee chairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The bishops elected Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland to serve as chairman of the Committee on Catholic

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2019-01-07T11:27:42-08:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: U.S.|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Two California bishops nominated to lead USCCB committees

When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop convenes next week, much of the attention with focus on how the bishops will address the recent clerical abuse scandals. But the bishops will also be electing new leadership for six of

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Oakland bishop suspends pastor after accused priest allowed to administer 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

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Bishop Barber wants priests released from the Papal Secret

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

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“Returning to the New Testament roots of the diaconate”

At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained four men to the transitional deaconate on Aug. 4. Bishop Barber wasted little time in putting Peter Lawongkerd, John Pietruszka, Javier Ramirez and Mark Ruiz to

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2018-08-14T09:40:46-08:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: California Diocese News, Church life|Tags: , |1 Comment

Oakland bishop leads rosary procession to Planned Parenthood in Walnut Creek

Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, led a group of about 100 people in a 40 Days for Life-sponsored rosary procession from St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church to Planned Parenthood's office in Walnut Creek. This was the second

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