Articles by Katherine Long

Priest retirements, assignment changes announced

Msgr. Richard Kopp, director of the Office of Priest Personnel, has announced priest retirements and assignment changes. The changes are as follows: Priest retirements • Father John C. Schopfer, special ministry with Brady Faith Center: retired April 2, 2018. • Father  Edward J. Reimer, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in…


Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

By Mark Pattison | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration’s family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal…



Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

By Mark Pattison | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible. Bishop James F….



Stephen Breen appointed CFO of diocese

Stephen Breen has been appointed the diocese’s new chief financial officer. “Bishop Cunningham is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Stephen Breen as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Diocese of Syracuse, effective July 23, 2018,” the diocese said in a statement.  John Barsanti, who previously served the diocese as CFO…


Bishop Cunningham celebrates 75th birthday

Today, June 18, marks Bishop Robert J. Cunningham’s 75th birthday. This is the day on which canon law requires him to submit a letter of resignation to the Holy Father. In advance of this momentous day, Bishop Cunningham sat for an interview with the Sun to offer a look back…


Catholic Sun, diocese earn awards at national conference

The Catholic Sun and the Diocese of Syracuse earned six awards at the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada’s Catholic Media Conference June 15. The Sun team earned five awards for its news and feature writing in 2017. The diocese took home an award, for the second year…


Vatican criminal court indicts monsignor on child porn charges

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican court indicted Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, and ordered him to stand trial beginning June 22 on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. Vatican City State’s criminal…


Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of scandal

By Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11. The two other bishops, who had reached the…