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Pope Francis Names Bishop Boris Gudziak as Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Boris Gudziak as archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Bishop Gudziak, 58, currently serves as bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Saint Vladimir-le Grand de Paris in France.

The appointment was publicized in Washington on February 18, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Gudziakwas born November 24, 1960 in Syracuse, New York. He was ordained on November 26, 1998 by Bishop Sofron Mudry O.S.B.M.He was ordained a bishop in Franceon August 26, 2012.

Bishop Gudziak holds a duel bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology (1980) from Syracuse University, a degree in theology (1983) from the Pontifical Urban Universityin Rome, and a Ph.D., in Slavic and Byzantine Cultural History (1992) from Harvard University.

Post-ordination assignments include: vice rector of the Lviv Theological Academy, rector of the Lviv Theological Academy, and rector and president of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and parts of eastern Pennsylvania. It has a total Catholic population of 67,250. The Archeparchy has been sede vacante since April 2018.

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Keywords: bishop appointment, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Boris Gudziak, Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Ukrainian Eparchy of Saint Vladimir-le Grand de Paris

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El Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos emite una declaración sobre la decisión de la Santa Sede con respecto a Theodore McCarrick

WASHINGTON— El Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, Arzobispo de Galveston-Houston y Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, emitió la siguiente declaración sobre la decisión de la Santa Sede anunciada hoy con respecto a Theodore McCarrick.

La declaración completa del cardenal DiNardo es la siguiente:

"El anuncio de la Santa Sede sobre Theodore McCarrick es una clara señal de que el abuso no será tolerado. Ningún obispo, no importa cuán influyente sea, está por encima de la ley de la Iglesia. Para todos aquellos a los que McCarrick abusó, ruego que esta decisión sea un pequeño paso, entre muchos, para la curación. Para nosotros los obispos, esto fortalece nuestra determinación de responsabilizarnos ante el Evangelio de Jesucristo. Estoy agradecido con el Papa Francisco por la manera determinada en que dirigió la respuesta de la Iglesia.
Si ha sufrido abuso sexual a manos de alguien dentro de la Iglesia Católica, le insto a que se comunique con la policía local y con su diócesis o eparquía local. Los coordinadores de asistencia a las víctimas están disponibles para ayudar. Estamos comprometidos con la curación y la reconciliación".

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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, USCCB, Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, Papa Francisco, Santa Sede, Theodore McCarrick, abuso sexual, aplicación de la ley local, coordinadores de asistencia a las víctimas, respuesta de la Iglesia

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President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Issues Statement on Theodore McCarrick in Response to Judgement by the Holy See

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement upon the decision of the Holy See announced today regarding Theodore McCarrick.

Cardinal DiNardo’s Full Statement Follows:

“The Holy See’s announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated. No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church. For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to Pope Francis for the determined way he has led the Church’s response.

If you have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of someone within the Catholic Church, I urge you to contact local law enforcement and your local diocese or eparchy. Victims Assistance Coordinators are available to help. We are committed to healing and reconciliation.”

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Pope Francis, Holy See, Theodore McCarrick, sexual abuse, local law enforcement, Victim Assistance Coordinators, Church response

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Los Presidentes de la Conferencia Episcopal de EE.UU. y del Comité de Migración de la USCCB responden ante la orden del Presidente Trump de financiar el muro en la frontera

WASHINGTON— Hoy, el Presidente Trump anunció que emitirá una orden para manifestar su intención de utilizar los fondos previamente asignados para otros fines para financiar la construcción de un muro en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México que el Congreso se ha negado a financiar. El cardenal Daniel DiNardo, de Galveston-Houston y Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB), y el Obispo Joe S. Vásquez de Austin, Presidente del Comité de Migración de la USCCB, emitieron la siguiente declaración conjunta:

“Estamos profundamente preocupados por la acción del Presidente para financiar la construcción de un muro a lo largo de la frontera de EE.UU/México, que elude la clara intención del Congreso de limitar el financiamiento de un muro. Nos oponemos al uso de estos fondos para promover la construcción del muro. El muro, ante todo, es un símbolo de división y animosidad entre dos países amigos. Nos mantenemos firmes y decididos en la visión articulada por el Papa Francisco de que en este momento debemos construir puentes y no muros".

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President of U.S. Bishops’ and Chairman of Bishop’s Committee on Migration Respond to President’s Order to Fund Construction of Border Wall

WASHINGTON—Today President Trump announced that he will issue an order stating his intention to make use of funds previously appropriated for other purposes to fund the construction of a border wall at the U.S./Mexico border that Congress has refused to fund. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following joint statement:

“We are deeply concerned about the President’s action to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, which circumvents the clear intent of Congress to limit funding of a wall. We oppose the use of these funds to further the construction of the wall. The wall first and foremost is a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries. We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.”

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U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Condemn Decision Preventing Muslim Man from Receiving Appropriate Spiritual Care at Execution

WASHINGTON–On February 7, 2019, the State of Alabama executed Domineque Ray, a Muslim man whose request to have an imam present at his execution was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court by a vote of 5-4. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, have issued a statement, which reads:

“The execution of Domineque Ray deeply troubles us. The death penalty itself is an affront to human dignity, and the Church has long called for its abolition in the United States and around the world. Mr. Ray bore the further indignity of being refused spiritual care in his last moments of life, in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Alabama law. This unjust treatment is disturbing to people of all faiths, whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or otherwise. People deserve to be accompanied in death by someone who shares their faith. It is especially important that we respect this right for religious minorities. As Pope Francis said during his recent trip to the United Arab Emirates, ‘What we are called to do as believers is to commit ourselves to the equal dignity of all.’ Let us make this commitment today.”

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Keywords: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop Frank Dewane, USCCB, Domineque Ray, Supreme Court, death penalty, religious liberty, religious freedom, First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

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Pro-Life Committee Chair for U.S. Bishops’ Responds to SCOTUS Ruling Temporarily Blocking Louisiana Abortion Law

WASHINGTON–Late yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked Louisiana from implementing a law requiring doctors at abortion facilities to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had previously ruled in favor of the Louisiana law. While the petition on the merits of the law has yet to be filed and ruled upon by the Supreme Court, it ruled 5-4 on an application for a stay in the case of June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee. 

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:

“The fact that abortionists and their facilities cannot or will not meet basic health standards exposes the lie of their clever slogan that abortion is health care. The abortion industry’s objection to such a reasonable law, and this Court’s decision to temporarily prevent it from going into effect, is further evidence of how abortion extremism actively works against the welfare of women.

“Regardless of this disappointing ruling, the pro-life movement will continue to work and pray for the day when every legislature and court recognizes the brutal injustice of abortion—to women and their children alike—and our society sees abortion as unthinkable.”

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La Conferencia Episcopal condena la decisión que evitó que un hombre musulmán recibiera atención espiritual antes de su ejecución

WASHINGTON— El 7 de febrero, el estado de Alabama ejecutó a Domineque Ray, un hombre musulmán cuya petición de tener a un imán presente durante su ejecución fue negada por la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos por una votación de 5-4.

En tal sentido, el Arzobispo Joseph E. Kurtz, de Lousville, y Presidente del Comité de Libertad Religiosa de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) y el Obispo Frank J. Dewane, de Venice, y Presidente del Comité de Justicia Doméstica y Desarrollo Humano, emitieron el siguiente comunicado:

“La ejecución de Domineque Ray nos preocupa profundamente. La pena de muerte en sí misma es una afrenta a la dignidad humana, y la Iglesia ha pedido durante mucho tiempo su abolición en los Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo. El Sr. Ray soportó la indignidad adicional de que se le negara atención espiritual en sus últimos momentos de la vida, en violación de la Primera Enmienda a la Constitución de los Estados Unidos y la ley de Alabama. Este trato injusto es perturbador para las personas de todas las religiones, ya sean musulmanes, cristianos, judíos u otros. Las personas merecen ser acompañadas en la muerte por alguien que comparte su fe. Es especialmente importante que respetemos este derecho para las minorías religiosas. Como dijo el Papa Francisco en su reciente viaje a los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, ‘Lo que estamos llamados a hacer como creyentes es comprometernos con la igual dignidad de todos’. Hagamos este compromiso hoy”.

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Palabras clave: Arzobispo Joseph Kurtz, Obispo Frank Dewane, USCCB, Domineque Ray, Corte Suprema, pena de muerte, libertad religiosa, libertad de religión, Primera Enmienda, Constitución de Estados Unidos

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Catholic Chair of National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Statement on Joint Statement of Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmad A

WASHINGTON—H.E. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago and Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, PA issued the following statement:

 
“In our increasingly hostile world in which violence too often predominates between Christians and Muslims—violence that has led to tragic consequences for the most vulnerable humans—we welcome with great joy this historic joint statement on human fraternity by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. The statement, which represents the culmination of the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula and marks the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in Egypt, is a clarion call for robust dialogue that leads to peace. We commend it to all people of good will, especially leaders of nations and religious groups, in the hope that it might serve as a resource to overcome division through a renewed commitment to dialogue and the establishment of goodwill.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Pope Francis, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, Al-Azhar, Christian-Muslim dialogue,

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El Presidente del Comité de Justicia Internacional y Paz de la USCCB expresa su solidaridad con los Obispos de Venezuela e insta a la Administración a proveer ayuda humanitaria

WASHINGTON— Timothy P. Broglio, Arzobispo para los Servicios Militares de Estados Unidos y Presidente del Comité de Justicia Internacional y Paz de la Conferencia Episcopal emitió un comunicado para expresar su solidaridad con los Obispos de Venezuela.

A continuación, el comunicado del Arzobispo Broglio:

“En nombre de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, expreso nuestra solidaridad con los Obispos de Venezuela y con todos aquellos que están trabajando por una justa y pacífica solución a la crisis en esa nación. La situación humanitaria es grave. La severa malnutrición y la muerte por enfermedades tratables afectan a un creciente número de venezolanos.

Estoy agradecido con el compromiso del Gobierno de Estados Unidos de brindar la asistencia humanitaria que los venezolanos necesitan desesperadamente. Insto a la Administración a ayudar a facilitar la provisión de asistencia humanitaria y, cuando sea necesario, a coordinar las opciones de migración segura para evitar más sufrimiento. La Iglesia en Venezuela, tal como sus Obispos lo declararon el 4 de febrero, actúa ‘de acuerdo con los principios de independencia, imparcialidad y humanidad’, y está dispuesta a ayudar a distribuir la asistencia de manera justa y equitativa.

Que Nuestra Señora de Coromoto, Patrona de Venezuela, cuide a todos los venezolanos mientras luchan por la paz y la prosperidad en su país”.
 
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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Arzobispo Timothy P. Broglio, Servicios Militares de Estados Unidos, Comité de Justicia Internacional y Paz, Venezuela, asistencia humanitaria, migración segura, imparcialidad, dignidad humana.
 
 
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