The diocese of Gallup, N.M., has formally started the process of bankruptcy, citing the costs incurred by a growing number of sex-abuse claims.
Faith & Parish
The U.S. bishops, in separate votes Tuesday, approved a budget for the year 2014 and a 3 percent increase in diocesan assessments starting in 2015.
The bishops also approved a proposal to modify that U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' bylaws to allow the chairman of its audit subcommittee to be chosen from among their overall membership rather than restrict the choice to those bishops currently serving on the USCCB Administrative Board, as has currently been the practice.
All three votes took place the second day of the annual USCCB fall general assembly in Baltimore.
The Supreme Court's ruling that rendered the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and the Senate's passage Nov. 7 of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act put the legal defense of marriage "at a critical point in this country," said the archbishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
The Supreme Court's DOMA decision is now being used to judicially challenge marriage laws in more than a dozen states that still recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.
"In view of some of your recent Facebook postings ... and other developments, I have decided against sending you to Merrill," Bishop Liam Carey wrote.
Three days after a new study suggested a majority of Catholics think a new series of liturgical translations should not go forward, the bishops are debating whether to approve them.
In the last two years, the bishops have fought the Obama administration's health care law. But that fight was barely mentioned Monday morning.
Those who advocate for a church of peace and nonviolence are boycotting this weekend's special collection for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.
We say: Anyone looking at the published agenda of the meeting of the USCCB would say that an efficient, business-like organization could deal with that in half a day.
We say: Long overdue in the American church is a reasoned and deep discussion of U.S. militarism, the proper use of force, and the role of people of faith.
Pope Francis has named Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington, Vt., to head the diocese of Rochester, N.Y.
He succeeds Bishop Matthew Clark, who retired in September 2012.
The appointment was announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Matano's installation Mass will be Jan. 3.
He was introduced as Rochester's ninth bishop at a news conference, where he said one of his first priorities will be "to bring people back to Mass."