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Nation and world briefs


120 names on New York archdiocesan list of accused clergy

NEW YORK — The Archdiocese of New York released the names of 120 clergy April 26 who have been either credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or it has been determined that claims against them are eligible for compensation. “I write to ask forgiveness again for the failings of those clergy and bishops who should have provided for the safety of our young people but instead betrayed the trust placed in them by God and by the faithful,” stated Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in a pastoral letter that accompanied the release of the names. The archdiocese has an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) that helps determine eligibility for abuse claims. Of the list of 120, 53 have had a credible accusation lodged against them, and another eight are awaiting final archdiocesan or canonical judgments in their cases. The other 59, nearly half the total, “had already died or left ministry when the claims about them were made” to the archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Bp. Cantu assumes pastoral governance of San Jose Diocese

WASHINGTON — Bishop Oscar Cantu, coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California, has assumed pastoral governance of the diocese with the resignation of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. Bishop Cantu, 52, had been coadjutor bishop since July. Bishop McGrath, 73, had led the Diocese of San Jose since 1999. The appointment was announced May 1 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop Cantu previously headed the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M. He is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. He currently is a member of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America and the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. He was an auxiliary bishop of San Antonio for five years.

Pope names Abp. Etienne coadjutor archbishop of Seattle

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage to be coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, meaning he will assist and could succeed Archbishop J. Peter Sartain in leading the archdiocese. Archbishop Etienne, who will celebrate his 60th birthday June 15, has been in Anchorage since October 2016. Archbishop Sartain, who will turn 67 June 6, has led the Seattle Archdiocese since 2010.

Pope names Bp. Hying to head Diocese of Madison

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Bishop Donald J. Hying of Gary, Indiana, as the new bishop of Madison, Wisconsin. The appointment was announced April 25 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States. Bishop Hying, 55, is a native of Wisconsin. He was installed as the bishop of Gary Jan. 6, 2015. Before that he had been an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee since 2011. In Madison, he succeeds the late Bishop Robert C. Morlino, the diocese’s fourth bishop, who died unexpectedly Nov. 24, 2018. The 71-year-old bishop was undergoing planned medical tests when he suffered what doctors described as “a cardiac event” at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison and he never recovered.


Pope makes donation to help migrants traveling through Mexico

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Pope Francis has donated $500,000 to assist migrants attempting to travel through Mexico, but who are increasingly being impeded by Mexican officials from reaching the U.S. border. Those migrants who travel the length of Mexico are also being impeded in their attempts to apply for asylum in the United States and remain in precarious conditions south of the border. The donation “will be distributed among 27 projects in 16 dioceses and Mexican religious congregations that have asked for help to continue providing housing, food and basic necessities to these brothers and sisters,” the Vatican charity Peter’s Pence wrote in a statement April 27. The donation comes as the crush of migrants arriving at the U.S. border reaches levels not seen in more than a decade.

Pope applauds beatification of Argentine martyrs

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis applauded the beatification of four Argentine martyrs — a bishop, two priests and a layman — who were murdered early in the country’s seven-year long “Dirty War.” After praying the “Regina Coeli” prayer with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square April 28, the pope said the lives of Blesseds Enrique Angelelli Carletti, Carlos de Dios Murias, Gabriel Longueville and Wenceslao Pedernera are models for those “who work for a society that is more just and based on solidarity. These martyrs of the faith were persecuted for the cause of justice and evangelical charity,” the pope said. “Let’s applaud the newly beatified!” The four martyrs were beatified during an outdoor Mass in La Rioja, Argentina, April 27 celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.

— Catholic News Service

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