May 27, 1987 |
Pope John Paul II has restored full pastoral powers to embattled Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, church sources said Tuesday. In an unprecedented action last year that reverberated throughout American Catholicism, the Vatican stripped Hunthausen of responsibility in five key pastoral areas and assigned it to Auxiliary Bishop Donald Wuerl.
October 27, 1990 |
A ranking Vatican official has raised questions about a meeting last summer in Santa Clara of U.S. Catholic bishops with married ex-priests whose organization advocates their return to priestly service. Cardinal Antonio Innocenti, who heads the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, wrote to Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh. Wuerl and three fellow bishops talked on June 24 with five leaders of a national organization called CORPUS (Corps of Reserve Priests United for Service).
October 28, 1990 |
A monthlong international synod of Roman Catholic bishops ended here Saturday on an assertive, traditional note, effectively closing the door to any prospect of liberalization in the celibate male priesthood during the papacy of John Paul II. The synod's officially secret conclusions reaffirm the tight Vatican rein on the church that has become a hallmark of John Paul's rule. In a month of speeches and in their conclusions, the 237 bishops echoed papal conservatism on issues of doctrine.
December 11, 1986
Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen will be admitted to a hospital for extensive tests of an undisclosed nature, a spokesman for the Seattle archdiocese said. Hunthausen, 65, was scheduled to enter Providence Medical Center for a two-day stay. Last August, Hunthausen turned over authority in five key pastoral areas to Auxiliary Bishop Donald Wuerl in response to a Vatican crackdown on his stands on some moral issues.
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December 6, 1986 |
A group of Roman Catholic priests has called for a former colleague, Bishop Donald Wuerl, to resign from his post assisting censured Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. "Like many others in the American Catholic Church, we are scandalized by the injustice done to Hunthausen," said Father John Oesterle, a leader of the Assn. of Pittsburgh Priests. The association represents about 50 of the 800 priests in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh but is not affiliated with the diocese.
June 9, 2003 |
The Archdiocese of Boston is expected to announce a permanent successor to Cardinal Bernard Law this month, according to a published report. Citing unidentified church officials, the Boston Sunday Globe reported that Pope John Paul II's choice to head the archdiocese could be made public as early as Tuesday. Some church officials with knowledge of the internal process think the most likely candidate is Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh, according to the Globe.