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LA parish asks Bishop Curry not to perform Confirmation ceremony

March 22, 2013

Some parishes in the Los Angeles archdiocese have made a request that Bishop Thomas Curry not preside at a scheduled Confirmation ceremony.

Bishop Curry resigned from his post as regional bishop late in January, after the release of archdiocesan files that showed his involvement in improper handling of sex-abuse complaints. His resignation came at the same time as the announcement that Archbishop José Gomez had relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of "any administrative or public duties" for the archdiocese.

A spokesman for the archdiocese declined to comment on whether Bishop Curry would perform the Confirmation ceremonies. But a statement from archdiocese said that both Bishop Curry and Cardinal Mahony "are bishops of the archdiocese with faculties to celebrate the holy sacraments of the Church and to minister to the faithful without restriction."

Nevertheless, sources in the Los Angeles archdiocese said that the bishop would not be performing the ceremonies, and authority to administer Confirmation would be delegated to the individual pastors.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Mar. 24, 2013 11:25 PM ET USA

    In short, a muddle: One week Manhony is relieved of "public duties", two weeks later, he has "faculties to celebrate the holy sacraments of the Church and to minister to the faithful without restriction."