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Bishop Chairmen Plead for Peace as Attacks on Pro-Life Organizations Mount

WASHINGTON – In response to ongoing attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Religious Liberty and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

“The Catholic Church has a long history of service to those who are most vulnerable, including both mother and child, and remains the largest private provider of social services in the United States. From religious communities to pregnancy care centers, from refugee resettlement services to foster care and adoption agencies, and from maternity homes to parish-based ministries, the Church consistently bears witness in word and deed to the beauty and dignity of every human life. 

“For two years now, Catholic churches have been attacked and vandalized at an alarming rate. In July of 2020, we strained to understand this violence. In October of 2021, we called on elected officials to condemn the attacks. This past January, we prayed that all religious communities would be free to worship without fear. Only rarely have the motives been clear; when they were, it was often opposition to the Church’s teachings on life in the womb.

“Since the leak of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, charities that support pregnant mothers in need have been firebombed, and pro-life organizations have been attacked almost daily and terrorized, and even the lives of Supreme Court justices have been directly threatened. In light of this, we urge our elected officials to take a strong stand against this violence, and our law enforcement authorities to increase their vigilance in protecting those who are in increased danger.  We thank those who have already done so, and we encourage them to continue.

“Above all, each of us must choose the path of peace and open our hearts to the love that God has for his children. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, touch our hearts and make them like your own.”

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Media Contact:
Chieko Noguchi
202-541-3200

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix; Appoints Bishop John Dolan as Successor

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Phoenix, and has appointed Bishop John P. Dolan, auxiliary bishop of San Diego, as his successor.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2022, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Diocese of Phoenix is comprised of 43,967 square miles in the state of Arizona and has a total population of 5,076,170 of which 1,111,681 are Catholic.

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Media Contact:
Chieko Noguchi
202-541-3200