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News Releases and Statements

2706, 2019

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."

2606, 2019

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.

2606, 2019

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.

2002, 2019

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."

3012, 2018

Complete My Joy

In a major new document written for Catholics of the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Olmsted urges fathers and mothers to commit themselves and their families to a deeper relationship with Christ.

712, 2018

Statement on the Release of Names by the Jesuits West Province

Today the Jesuits West Province released the names of Jesuit priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. The list of names is part of a review of records dating back to 1950, which includes the names of Jesuits who were assigned in Arizona. Brophy College Preparatory made an announcement that none of the Jesuits whose names are listed have served at the school in at least the last two decades, and the school has no information regarding claims made against the priests on the list.

904, 2018

USCCB Welcomes Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Holiness in the Contemporary World

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is welcoming the release of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad), subtitled “On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World.” In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo expresses his deep gratitude to the Holy Father for the exhortation and the call for each Christian to “acknowledge and be open to what God wants them to be.”