Southern Dioceses Still Struggling to Recover
LOS ANGELES — Some Catholic dioceses in the South — especially the New Orleans Archdiocese and the Diocese of Biloxi, Miss. — are still a long way from recovering from the massive damage caused last summer by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the U.S. bishops were told June 15.
“They’re still flat on their backs,” said recently retired Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Task Force on Hurricane Recovery.
“Their process of
recovery is barely begun,” he added in a report to the bishops on the first day
of their June 15-17 national meeting in
He said the New Orleans Archdiocese has $52 million in uninsured losses on churches and schools that it is trying to reopen — and an additional $70 million in uninsured losses on buildings that it doesn’t even contemplate reopening until some later date.
Bishops Conference at ‘Critical Point’ in Reorganizing
LOS ANGELES — “I believe we are at a critical point” in reorganizing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., told the U.S. bishops June 15.
secretary, Archbishop Sheehan is head of the bishops’ Committee on Priorities
and Plans, which is spearheading a three-year project to downsize the
conference and focus its energies on a more limited number of priorities set by the nation’s bishops or the
A major part of the plan he laid out for the bishops to consider was a proposal that would reduce the conference’s 35 standing and 16 ad hoc committees to 14 committees. Some suppressed committees would become subcommittees under one of the new committees.
Catholic Health System Agrees to Settle Over Pricing
West, based in
West is the eighth largest nonprofit hospital system in the
The settlement would allow any uninsured patient treated at a Catholic Healthcare West hospital since July 1, 2001, and making less than $250,000 in gross household income during the treatment year, to apply for a retroactive reduction in hospital charges, up to 100% of the amount paid.