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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on White House Action to Rescind Title X Rule

1/29/21

January 29, 2021 WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Biden released a statement announcing his intention to rescind the current regulation governing the Title X family planning program. The current regulation follows federal law by explaining that abortion cannot be part of a Title X family planning program either by using the same office space, sharing financing,…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Restructures Pastoral Center Offices

1/29/21

To strengthen and better support the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s parishes and ethnic and college communities, Bishop Barry C. Knestout announced the restructuring of two Pastoral Center offices and the establishment of a new office, effective January 26, 2021. The Office for Evangelization will now support youth, young adult and campus ministries, and the newly…

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Diocesan Review Board Concludes Inquiry into Allegations Against Former Priest, Father Thomas Long

1/28/21

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2021 Diocesan Review Board Concludes Inquiry into Allegations Against Former Priest, Father Thomas Long Accusations were made in 2020 (RICHMOND, Va.) – Following a lengthy investigation by the Diocesan Review Board, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has determined that the allegations of child sexual abuse…

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Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

1/27/21

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2021 “As we mark the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we have many for whom to pray: For the woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy, that she will choose life for her child, and for legislative representatives that they enact legislation to protect the lives of all people —…

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia House of Delegates Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation

1/26/21

January 26, 2021 Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on today’s Virginia House of Delegates passage of abortion expansion legislation: “Today, the House of Delegates made the tragic decision to expand drastically abortion coverage in Virginia’s health benefits…

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Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on Catholic Schools Week 2021

1/26/21

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2021 Bishop Barry C. Knestout has issued the following statement regarding Catholic Schools Week, which will be celebrated from Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2021: “As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we are reminded of the gift that our Catholic schools are, not only to our Church, but to our…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Begins Review into Allegations Against Inactive Jesuit Priest

1/25/21

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2021 (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has begun a review into allegations of child sexual abuse made against a Jesuit priest, Thomas P. McDonnell, S.J., during his time in the Diocese of Richmond at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Henrico County. Father McDonnell served at that…

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia Senate Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation

1/22/21

January 22, 2021 Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on today’s Virginia Senate passage of abortion expansion legislation: “We express our deep disappointment with today’s Virginia Senate vote to infuse the Commonwealth’s health benefits exchange with abortion for…

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Bishop Knestout Statement on Inauguration of 46th President of the United States

1/20/21

January 20, 2021 “We as Catholics, no matter what our political beliefs, pray with and for our new president as he is inaugurated into office. We are one nation under God, and it is incumbent upon us, as people of faith, to entrust our leaders to God’s care. “We pray that all civic leadership can…

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Bishop Knestout Announces Appointment of New Epsicopal Vicar of Eastern Vicariate

1/20/21

Bishop Barry C. Knestout has made the following clergy appointment, effective Friday, Jan. 15, 2021: Very Rev. Eric J. Ayers, V.F., dean of Deanery 1 and pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk, has been appointed as episcopal vicar of the Eastern Vicariate. Father Ayers will continue in his current role as dean until a new dean…

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