Bishop Olmsted to lead Vatican ‘Vos estis’ investigation of California bishop

SAN JOSE, California (CNA) — The Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops has ordered an investigation into Bishop Oscar Cantú’s handling of allegations of clerical sexual abuse and misconduct. The investigation is being carried out under the provisions of Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis’ 2019 law for holding bishops accountable in the handling of sexual abuse cases. Continue reading Bishop Olmsted to lead Vatican ‘Vos estis’ investigation of California bishop

Planned Parenthood Arizona drops lawsuit challenging state pro-life laws

PHOENIX — Planned Parenthood dropped a lawsuit challenging several abortion restrictions in Arizona Nov. 3, including a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, laws that bar non-physicians from carrying out abortions and state laws against telemedicine abortions. Continue reading Planned Parenthood Arizona drops lawsuit challenging state pro-life laws

Prescott Valley parish latest target in nationwide wave of anti-Catholic vandalism

PRESCOTT VALLEY (CNA) — Police are investigating a vandalism attack against a statue of Mary and a statue of Christ outside St. Germaine Catholic Church in Prescott Valley, which is believed to have occurred overnight Sunday, Oct. 18. Continue reading Prescott Valley parish latest target in nationwide wave of anti-Catholic vandalism

Byzantine bishop with Arizona ties named administrator of Canadian eparchy

VATICAN CITY (CAN) — Pope Francis appointed a New Jersey-based bishop — who was ordained a priest for what is now the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Eparchy of Phoenix — as the administrator of a Canadian eparchy Tuesday. Continue reading Byzantine bishop with Arizona ties named administrator of Canadian eparchy

In virtual seminar, Catholics urged to stand for faith in public square

PHOENIX — Ahead of what has been described as one of the most contentious elections in the United States, the Diocese of Phoenix offered a perspective on the role and responsibility of Catholics in the voting booth during its recent “Catholics in the Public Square Seminar” livestreamed from the Diocesan Pastoral Center. This biennial event normally draws several hundred attendees. But this year, pandemic restrictions limited in-person … Continue reading In virtual seminar, Catholics urged to stand for faith in public square

Annual priests vs. seminarians basketball tourney limited, but not sidelined, by COVID-19

SCOTTSDALE — The priests of the Diocese of Phoenix who lead their parishes and those studying to join them in that vocation take a time out every year to play basketball and engage in the kind of fellowship that fosters their relationship as partners in ministry. But this year, that gathering took on different look. Continue reading Annual priests vs. seminarians basketball tourney limited, but not sidelined, by COVID-19