“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...]

Two California bishops elected to head USCCB committees

Bishop Michael Barber chosen to lead Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone named chairman for Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

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 Education. Barber has previously served as the Director of the School of Pastoral Leadership in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. … [Read more...]

Two California bishops nominated to lead USCCB committees

Bishop Michael Barber nominated to head Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone nominated as chairman for Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

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 the conference committees. The USCCB will gather in Baltimore for its general assembly Nov. 12-14. On the ballot will be candidates for the … [Read more...]

“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...]

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...]

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...]

“Returning to the New Testament roots of the diaconate”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber tells new transitional deacons: "I’m asking you to join me in serving the poor tomorrow morning, a few blocks away from here in People’s Park”

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 work. “Before mounting the pulpit tomorrow, to proclaim the Gospel or preach the Word of God or offer your first sermon. Before … [Read more...]

Oakland bishop leads rosary procession to Planned Parenthood in Walnut Creek

Bishop Michael Barber: When we're told that the baby in a mother's womb is not a human being, that's a lie

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 time a large group had rallied for life outside the Planned Parenthood offices, an easy walk from St. Mary Church and School, said Linda … [Read more...]

Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber to consecrate holy oil tonight at Cathedral of Christ the Light

Called the Chrism, oil is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will consecrate the Chrism — the holy oil used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders — at an evening Mass on March 22 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. During the liturgy that evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m., a large vessel of olive oil will be carried to the altar. Bishop Barber will add balsam and perfume … [Read more...]

“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...]