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Bishop Olmsted Expresses Sorrow Over Border Tragedy

"I am heartbroken after seeing the photo of the father and his baby daughter who drowned crossing the Rio Grande. I join Pope Francis in expressing my deep sorrow. I unite with my brother bishops, Cardinal DiNardo and Bishop Vásquez, in calling upon the federal government not to turn a deaf ear to the cries of the families suffering in search of asylum in the United States."

By |2019-07-18T15:48:38-07:00June 27th, 2019|Exhortations, Letters and Columns from Bishop Olmsted, News and Info|Comments Off on Bishop Olmsted Expresses Sorrow Over Border Tragedy

Statement on Clergy Report Released Today at Press Conference

We are reviewing the report released today at the press conference with survivors of sexual abuse. The report appears to contain names currently published on our website, as well as those previously published by other dioceses and religious orders. Today’s report does not identify any clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse who are in active ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix.

By |2019-07-18T15:49:53-07:00June 26th, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Statement on Clergy Report Released Today at Press Conference

Statement on Sexual Abuse Survivors Press Conference

We are aware of the press conference scheduled for today that will provide survivors of sexual abuse the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the evil actions that have caused them and their loved ones deep suffering. We share in their anguish and anger. We pray that today serves as another step along their journey to healing.

By |2019-07-18T15:50:28-07:00June 26th, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Statement on Sexual Abuse Survivors Press Conference

Statement on the Release of Names by the Congregation of Holy Cross

Today the United States Province of Priests & Brothers, Congregation of Holy Cross released the names of their members credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor.

By |2019-07-18T15:50:11-07:00June 12th, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Statement on the Release of Names by the Congregation of Holy Cross

Statement on the Release of Names by the Franciscan Friars

May 31, 2019 Today the Franciscan Friars, Province of Saint Barbara released the names of Friars who have credible accusations of sexual abuse against a minor. The list of names is part of their review of records dating back to the 1940s, which includes the names of Franciscans who were assigned to Arizona at one [...]

By |2019-07-18T15:50:43-07:00May 31st, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Statement on the Release of Names by the Franciscan Friars

Statement on Arrest of Former Salvatorian Priest Joseph Henn

May 31, 2019 The Diocese of Phoenix is pleased to learn that authorities have located and apprehended former Salvatorian priest Joseph Henn in Italy. We support the efforts of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to extradite Henn and return him to the United States in order to face the criminal charges against him. Henn was [...]

By |2019-07-18T15:50:57-07:00May 31st, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Statement on Arrest of Former Salvatorian Priest Joseph Henn

Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

https://youtu.be/ddcpfrf3NTM   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse. The new juridical instrument is meant to help bishops and religious leaders around the world clearly understand [...]

By |2019-07-18T15:51:32-07:00May 9th, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

Diocese of Phoenix Statement on Fire at St. Joseph Catholic Church

This morning we awoke to the tragic news of the fire at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Phoenix. The Phoenix Fire Department is investigating the fire. The church building was destroyed and there were no injuries. We will have more to share as it becomes available.

By |2019-07-18T15:51:12-07:00May 1st, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Diocese of Phoenix Statement on Fire at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Statement from Bishop Olmsted on Vatican Summit

“As the bishops, religious and others from across the worldwide Church gather in Rome with Pope Francis for the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, I ask you to join me in prayer that the voices of survivors will be heard, that Church leadership will be filled with humility and contrition, and systems to protect children and vulnerable adults will be strengthened."

By |2019-04-25T14:35:10-07:00February 20th, 2019|News and Info|Comments Off on Statement from Bishop Olmsted on Vatican Summit