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Partisanship, Integrity and the Common Good

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McElroyRemarks delivered by Bishop Robert McElroy, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, on April 28, 2014 at Georgetown University:

Catholic teaching views the vocation of politics as a vital element in building up the Kingdom of God on earth.  Just as democracy is not merely a set of empty procedures, but instead the promotion of the dignity of the human person, respect for human rights, and commitment to the common good, so too the vocation of the political leader is a deeply moral one.  It is rooted in the commitment to share fully in the destiny of the people while seeking solutions to society’s deepest problems.   It seeks to put power into practice as service.  As Pope Francis noted last September “politics, according to the social doctrine of the church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good in humility and love.”

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Pope Francis appoints Msgr. Myron Cotta of Diocese of Fresno as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento

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cottaPope Francis has appointed Msgr. Myron Cotta, a priest of the Diocese of Fresno, to be Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. The appointment was made public Jan. 24 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Cotta's episcopal ordination will take place Tuesday, March 25, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.

"I am grateful to His Holiness for giving me a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus as an able co-worker in this favored part of his vineyard," said Bishop Jaime Soto. "Bishop-designate Cotta is a son of the Central Valley. He knows our people, he knows our land and mountains, but, most of all, he knows the Lord Jesus and is eager to share the Lord's wisdom and charity with others."

 

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Reflections on Pope Francis' Leadership Style

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francis-wavePope Francis is both an effective preacher of the Gospel and also is non-judgmental, in the view of Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire.

Bishop Blaire reflected on the Pope’s leadership as part of a leadership class at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.

Blaire identified three strengths of the Pontiff that make him a strong leader.

“First, he’s speaking a language that people can understand, very much in tune with the Gospel.”

Citing the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) Bishop Blaire said “I’ve never seen a papal document before where the Pope speaks so personally: ‘here’s something that pains me’ or ‘here’s something that gives me joy.’”

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Bishop Soto Elected President of CA Catholic Conference

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sotoBishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento has been elected by his brother bishops to lead the California Catholic Conference (CCC) – the public policy arm of the two Archdioceses and 10 Dioceses in California. Bishop Robert McElroy, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, was elected Vice President of the Conference, and Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey was re-elected as Treasurer.

Bishop Soto succeeds Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and begins a three-year term as the Conference president.

“The Gospel’s message of the sacredness of life and the dignity of every human often goes unheard in the Capitol of California while increasing economic disparities and deteriorated social infrastructure underscore a lack of political will to serve the common good,” said Bishop Soto.   “Pope Francis has recently reminded us to construct a new culture of encounter, “encuentro,” that defies the prevailing ‘culture of exclusion.’ ‘There is no place for the elderly or for the unwanted child; there is no time for that poor person in the street.’” (Rio de Janeiro, 7-27-13)