May 4, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 9 • Oakland, CA
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and appointed as his successor Father Edward C. Malesic, judicial vicar of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bishop Brandt, who has headed the Greensburg diocese since 2004, is 76, one year past the age that bishops are required by canon law to turn in their resignation to the pope. Bishop-designate Malesic, 54, has been judicial vicar and secretary of canonical services in Harrisburg since 2006.
And Bishop David E. Fellhauer, 75, of Victoria, Texas, retired and Father Brendan Cahill, a priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, was named to succeed him. Bishop-designate Cahill, 51, is a native of Florida who was ordained in 1990.
WASHINGTON — Although the upcoming canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra has stirred mixed reaction, a group of panelists April 22 said the ambiguities around the friar should not discount the good work he did or the positive dialogue and reconciliation that could result from his sainthood. "He made a lot of mistakes, but he was a man of his time. He was flawed but heroic," said Franciscan Father Joe Nangle about Blessed Serra, the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who established missionaries in the U.S. Father Nangle, associate pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Arlington, Virginia, was a panelist in the "Founding Padres" discussion held at The Catholic University of America.
DETROIT — The Archdiocese of Detroit will host an international conference this summer dedicated to exploring some of the complex challenges the Catholic Church faces in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. The Aug. 10-12 conference at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth is titled "'Love One Another as I Have Loved You' — Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters With Same-Sex Attraction." It will be sponsored by Courage International, an apostolate that supports those with same-sex attraction in living and better understanding the church's teachings on chastity, as well as Our Sunday Visitor and the Archdiocese of Detroit.
WASHINGTON — Building a public address around his pastoral letter on the racial divide in the United States, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, asked his audience to imagine themselves in a world where the Catholic Church's imagery and culture is Afro-centric. In a program at Georgetown University April 20, Bishop Braxton framed challenges to the American public, and to Catholics in particular, to broaden their thinking about race to try to better understand the everyday issues faced by nonwhites.
Vigilance against abuse
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic Church spent a total of $150.7 million on child protection efforts and to address allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors in dioceses and religious orders between July 2013 and June 2014. The total includes about $31.7 million for safe environment training programs, background checks and other protective efforts, and about $119 million for settlements paid to victims, therapy for victims, attorneys' fees and other costs related to allegations, including those reported in previous years. The figures are among results of an annual survey conducted by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate that is part of an annual audit report on the response of the U.S. church to clergy sexual abuse.
'Beloved' video series
SAN FRANCISCO — A new 12-part video series on marriage from Ignatius Press will provide ongoing formation that many couples need "to help us to live the art of marriage well," said a theology professor who is content director of the series. "Everybody knows that there's a great crisis in marriage in the culture today," said Edward Sri, who teaches at Augustine Institute in suburban Denver. "We all know of various legal battles that are being fought related to marriage and various pundits making their case for marriage in the media and the public square," he said in a teleconference about the series, called "Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage." Ignatius Press in San Francisco collaborated on the series with Augustine Institute and Lighthouse Catholic Media in Sycamore, Illinois.
— Catholic News Service
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