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June 13, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have long prided themselves on being political without being partisan, throwing themselves into the scrum of public affairs without aligning themselves with one party or the other. Now, some Catholics are beginning to wonder out loud whether the bishops have abandoned their historic nonpartisanship - or, at least, are at risk of being seen that way - as they press forward with a vigorous campaign against contraception provisions in President Obama's healthcare plan.
August 11, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Pope Benedict XVI has rejected the resignations of two Irish bishops who came under heavy pressure to step down in the wake of a damning report on clerical sex abuse in Dublin, Irish media reports said Wednesday. Auxiliary bishops Raymond Field and Eamonn Walsh tendered their resignations in December after a government-backed investigation found evidence of widespread cover-ups involving cases of priestly abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese from the 1970s through the 1990s. The report caused an uproar in Ireland and deepened public disillusionment with the once-dominant Roman Catholic Church.
July 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Church of England's ruling body voted to press ahead with steps permitting women to become bishops, a move that risks further division because it lacks accommodations for traditionalists opposed to the idea. The decision came at a meeting of senior church leaders in which one bishop broke down in tears. More than a dozen other Anglican churches around the world have authorized women to serve as bishops. The U.S. Episcopal Church is led by a woman, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
April 29, 1989 | JOHN DART
United Methodist Bishop Jack M. Tuell of Los Angeles on Friday will begin a one-year term as president of his denomination's Council of Bishops, the closest post to presiding bishop that United Methodists have. Forty-nine active U.S. bishops and 17 overseas bishops--plus about 50 non-voting, retired bishops--make up the Council of Bishops, which meets twice a year. Tuell will succeed San Antonio, Tex., Bishop Ernest T. Dixon Jr. at the close of the four-day spring meeting of the council next week in Raleigh, N.C. Bishops at the meeting will receive first copies of the United Methodist Hymnal, a revised edition that sparked controversy between 1985 and 1987 over whether some old favorites were sexist, racist or militaristic.
September 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
America's Roman Catholic bishops are moving toward tighter control over what the nation's Catholic colleges and universities teach. Last week, the U.S. hierarchy's 54-member board approved a policy proposal that will be voted on at a November meeting of all of the nation's bishops. The proposal is largely similar to a 1998 draft that provoked strong attacks from Catholic educators. The proposal requires that theology teachers have the endorsement of bishops in order to teach.
November 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Colombian bishop who heads the Latin American bishops conference was kidnapped in an area where leftist rebels are active, a Roman Catholic priest said. Jorge Enrique Jimenez was abducted along with Father Desiderio Orejuela on their way to perform a religious ceremony in Pacho, 40 miles north of the capital, Bogota, Father Raul Alfonso Carrillo told local radio.
June 17, 2000 | Associated Press
A worsening shortage of Roman Catholic priests will result in fewer Masses, more priestless parishes and deacons leading worship services, a study says. The nation's Catholic bishops Thursday held their first extended public discussion of the problem, which was highlighted by the release of the two-year study. In 1965, there were 58,132 priests serving 46.6 million parishioners in the United States. Today there are 20% fewer priests and nearly a third more parishioners, the study said.
February 13, 1988 | United Press International
Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, a center of controversy since Pope John Paul II sent him to Seattle to bring Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen into line with Vatican views, was named by the Pope on Friday as bishop of Pittsburgh. Wuerl, 47, succeeds Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua, who was installed Thursday as the new archbishop of Philadelphia. Wuerl had been without an appointment since May 26 when his appointment and mandate as auxiliary to Hunthausen ended.
March 7, 1990 | STEPHEN C. CHAVEZ
Thunderous applause filled Holy Family Cathedral in Orange Tuesday as the Most Rev. Michael P. Driscoll was ordained auxiliary bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, California's second largest. Two dozen bishops from a number of Western states, more than 250 priests and an apostolic delegate helped fill the cathedral to witness the ceremony. As auxiliary bishop, Driscoll will assist the Most Rev. Norman F.
In an apparent escalation of conflict in the troubled southern state of Chiapas, gunmen attacked a convoy carrying a Roman Catholic bishop who has been deeply involved in peace talks with the Zapatista rebels, the bishop's office said Wednesday. Bishop Samuel Ruiz was unharmed, but three other church workers in the convoy were wounded, according to a communique from the bishop's office in Chiapas.
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