Stockton gets a new bishop

Dairy farm to the episcopate: Bishop Myron Cotta

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, 76, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Stockton, California, and has named Auxiliary Bishop Myron Cotta as his successor, up until now the Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento.  Bishop Myron Joseph Cotta was born on March 21, 1953 in Dos Palos, California. He attended St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, … [Read more...]

Stockton bishop’s retirement nears

Bishop Stephen Blaire turns 75 on December 22

The following comes from a September 3 Record Net article by: STOCKTON — Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, who has overseen the Diocese of Stockton for 17 years, is expected to submit a letter to the Vatican in December informing Pope Francis he is poised to retire. On Dec. 22, Blaire will turn 75 years old, which by Canon Law requires him to submit a letter asking for permission … [Read more...]

Climate change is a moral issue, Bishop Blaire says

Diocese of Stockton joins Catholic groups to support clean power regulations

The following comes from an April 6 California Catholic Conference news release: The Diocese of Stockton, in the heart of California’s Central Valley and facing immense environmental challenges, has joined the Catholic Climate Covenant as well as other Catholic and faith groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on … [Read more...]

A year before the election, some Catholic bishops want poverty and environment central to Catholic voter guide

Heated debate over USCCB voter guide reveals a 'rhetoric of regime change'

The following comes from a November 17 Religion News Service article by David Gibson: The nation’s Catholic bishops on November 17 passed an updated guide for Catholic voters ahead of next year’s elections, but only after airing unusually sharp disagreements on how much they can, and should, adjust their priorities to match those of Pope Francis. More than any other item … [Read more...]

The dangers of assisted suicide

An open letter from Bishop Stephen Blaire to Assembly member Susan Eggman

The following appeared in an August 28 Modesto Bee Community Column. Stephen E. Blaire is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton, which includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Alpine, Mono and Tuolumne counties. Dear Assembly Member Susan Eggman: I have long respected you for the leadership you exercise in creating initiatives that have advanced justice in Stockton, where you … [Read more...]