Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

9/24/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We are at an exciting time here in Orange: with the acquiring of what will be Christ Cathedral, we have the opportunity - with the gift of God that this is, as Bishop Brown has said - to continue to preach the Word of God here

Bishop Kevin Vann's appointment means that one more foundation stone is in place in a critical - and rapidly growing - Diocese in the United States of America. Benedict the Builder continues to fortify the Church with living stones. When this papacy is recounted in history, Pope benedict XVI's apostolic work will be credited with having re-secured the Catholic Church in a time of trial so that she could inaugurate the new missionary age of the Third Millennium. His appointment of Bishops is key to that entire undertaking. 

Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD

Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/24/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Bishop Kevin Vann, Diocese of Orange, Bishop Todd brown, Crystal Cathedral, Christ Cathedral, New Evangelization, missionary age, Pope Benedict XVI, Fort Worth, Deacon Keith Fournier


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - In the wake of the announcement of Bishop James Conley's appointment to Lincoln, Nebraska we hear another announcement of good news, Bishops Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, will soon be the fourth bishop of Orange, California.

Benedict the Builder is placing the Foundation stones in place upon which will be built a firm foundation for the Church in the United States. She is being secured and made ready for the challenges we face. From the beginning of his service to the Church, Pope Benedict XVI has been about rebuilding the Church.

When this papacy is recounted in history, Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic work will be credited with having re-secured the Catholic Church in a time of trial so that she could inaugurate the new missionary age of the Third Millennium. His appointment of Bishops is key to that entire undertaking. 

I believe that Pope Benedict XVI will also be credited with stemming the slide of western civilization into a new paganism. The Church is the only hope to preventing such a slide. She is not some irritant, preventing progress, she is the very path to authentic progress and human flourishing.

In continuity with the 2,000 year teaching of the Catholic Church and helping to ensure that the proper  understanding of the Second Vatican Council within a hermeneutic of continuity, Pope Benedict XVI is re-securing the foundation stones of the Catholic Church in the United States in many ways.

His selection of Bishops proceeds from his unwavering conviction that the Catholic Church - and the message of authentic and true human progress which she offers the world - is what is most needed in this critical hour in human history.

What is happening in our Nation and the West constitutes a clash of worldviews, personal and corporate, involving competing definitions of human freedom, human flourishing and human progress. The positions being espoused and lifestyles being affirmed as "progressive" by some currently using the term as a political label are anything but. They turn the clock back on true human progress.

It is the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the fullness of which is found within the Catholic Church, that alone can paves the path to true progress!

Pope Benedict XVI is placing in pastoral leadership over the Catholic Church precisely the kind of Shepherds we need in this vital moment of Church history. He is leading the Catholic Church through a New Evangelization so that she can engage in a new missionary age. He just returned from another apostolic visit. While many would have delayed that visit to the Middle East, given the current dangers, he went right into the heart of it all!  What a Pope!

Though things may seem to be getting darker, I believe - even more than I did on that day when I heard those words "Habemus Papem" - that Pope Benedict XVI is laying the foundation for the springtime that his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, prophetically anticipated. I know that in some Catholic circles the notion of a "New Springtime" is mocked. I will not join the cynics.

Let's consider some points of hope. One example is the Personal Ordinariates for returning Anglicans represent the beginning of a great homecoming in the Western Church. It was Benedict the Builder who championed their return and made it possible. Archbishop Vann was integral to the implementation of the historic Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States.

Pope Benedict drew the blueprint and championed the process, protecting orthodoxy and orthopraxy within a refreshing witness of legitimate diversity; offering a vision for the coming full communion of the Church more like the first Millennium. 

We are witnessing under his papacy the beginnings of the longed for full communion of the Church, East and West, as the "two lungs" on the One Body of Christ begin to breathe together again in order to animate this new missionary age. Can it happen? Yes, it truly can, because it is the Will of the Lord. (John 17)

We are witnessing the recovery of the Catholic academy through the rebuilding of some institutions almost lost to the Church - and the building of new ones. We are seeing the flourishing of good, solid theological and philosophical work - along with a flourishing of the arts and human culture led by the Church - as we have seen in ages past.

This task of rebuilding the Church - so that she can win the world - has not been easy. And, it will probably become even more difficult. The old adage is true; it always seems darkest before the dawn. Those who wanted to try to change the teaching and doctrine of the Catholic Church are deeply disappointed.They were unsuccessful. 

However, for those who hunger for a vibrant, faithful, dynamically orthodox Catholic Church, the source of all truth, the God who is Truth has once again been faithful to his promise to Peter, "upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against her". (Matt. 16:18)

Bishop Kevin Vann's appointment means that one more foundation stone is in place in a critical - and rapidly growing - Diocese in the United States of America. Benedict the Builder continues to fortify the Church with living stones.

Bishop Vann was courageously standing out front in the defense of the First Freedom, Religious Freedom. His was one of the first of multiple lawsuits filed against the Obama Administrations "mandate" which seeks to compel Church outreaches to violate their deeply held religious convictions in direct contravention of the First Amendment's protections.

He served the Fort Worth Diocese with great distinction, always evidencing what I like to call "dynamic orthodoxy". He is in love with the Risen Lord, faithful to the Magisterium and happy! Being faithful to the Church does not mean being cranky! Having one more Bishop filled with joy, hope and genuine affection for all men and women is critical in this hour.

This combination of living faith, unwavering fidelity to the Magisterium and human warmth seems to be evident in all of the recent Episcopal appointments made by Benedict the Builder. Though I do not know Bishop Vann personally, I have heard repeated testimonies of his pastoral warmth, holiness, genuine compassion, theological depth and likeability from people I trust.

Finally, I admire the fact that he is one of a growing number of "Bishop Bloggers", immensely comfortable with the technologies which are so essential to the work of the Church in this hour. His excellent contribution can be found on "Shepherd of Ft Worth" http://fwbishop.blogspot.com/ I trust he will change the name soon.

Bishop Vann will soon lead the tenth largest and fastest growing Diocese in the United States. Rocco Palmo of the "Whispers in the Loggia" offered comments from this good Bishop as he prepares to take the field 

We offer some excerpts below which reveal the humility, humanity, holiness and hope so obviously present in the character of this good Bishop. We ask our readers to pray for him and for the faithful he will now care for as Christ's Shepherd:

*****

"Dear members of the media present today, and all who are here. I am very grateful for your presence and for your welcome. I especially thank Bishop Brown and [vicar-general] Msgr. [Michael] Heher for their wonderful welcome. .

I have learned over the years to try to place each day, every decision in the presence of the Word of God as it starts, to surround me and guide me, and all of us. Today is the feast day of St. Matthew, Apostle and evangelist. The first reading for today's feast day in the Church's calendar is from St. Paul to the Ephesians when he says:

"Brothers and Sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

I cannot think of a better section of Sacred Scripture for me, for all of us today, to describe to what we are called as the Body of Christ. One of the many blessings I have learned from the Hispanic people is that the Church called by them as the "Family of God".

And, that, I believe with all my heart is who we are: this is what I have learned from my years in Fort Worth, and from what I have learned about all of you so far from Bishop Brown. You see, when Bishop or a priest is transferred from one parish to another or one Diocese to another, they leave one family behind and gain another.

I have so much to be grateful to God for the people of the Diocese of Fort Worth, and north Texas and beyond. I will miss them very much. But, I promise that as we grow together in this exciting and dynamic time of the Diocese of Orange, I will love you and do my best to serve you, with the Lord's help. That is one thing I learned in Fort Worth, and what I will live here.

We are at an exciting time here in Orange: with the acquiring of what will be Christ Cathedral, we have the opportunity - with the gift of God that this is, as Bishop Brown has said - to continue to preach the Word of God here. We are also at the beginning of the year of Faith, a time and promise of new energy and celebration of Faith as we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

I am truly blessed to be here with all of you now as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese, appointed by Pope Benedict. I thank Bishop Brown for his dedication, commitment and shepherding of all here in the Diocese, and promise my support and friendship for him in this new time in his life.

This is a time of transition in my own life to be sure, with the death of my mother earlier this summer and now my leaving Fort Worth and coming to you. The Diocese of Fort Worth and Diocese of Orange have many similarities.

But your welcome, warmth and vibrant Faith is a blessing and great encouragement to me. Being new, I cannot say that I have any plan or specific idea at this time. But as we live and strengthen the bonds of our Faith and family, I know that God's purpose and plan will be shown to us each day.

The patroness of the Diocese is the Mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe. As she leads us to her Son, we listen to her words not to ever be afraid or worried, but walk ahead always to her Son. Two years ago, Pope Benedict made his historic visit to England, for the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman.

As we thank the Lord for this moment in time, and for the plans He has in mind for us, I can think of no better words than Newman's hymn: "Praise to the Holiest in the height and in the depth be praise: in all his words most wonderful, most sure in all His ways!"

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More U.S.

'Church ladies' finally force phony priest in Los Angeles to authorities Watch

Image of Erwin Mena  was arrested by Los Angeles police for allegedly impersonating a Roman Catholic priest and on suspicion of grand theft (Los Angeles Times).

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

For months, Erwin Mena donned vestments, called himself "Padre," and convinced Southern California Catholics that he was a priest, police say. Los Angeles, Calif. (CNA/EWTN News) - He was good at it, too, reportedly. He attended seminary in El Salvador for a time ... continue reading


Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis to Meet in Cuba in Historic Move of the Holy Spirit Watch

Image of Orthodox Christian Patriarch Kirill and Catholic Christian Pope Francis

By Deacon Keith Fournier

This meeting of the Primates of the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, after a long preparation, will be the first in history and will mark an important stage in relations between the two Churches. The Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate hope that ... continue reading


'Deeply disturbing': ANOTHER Planned Parenthood video has been released by the Center for Medical Progress (Warning: Graphic Content) Watch

Image of Yet another undercover video featuring the horrors of Planned Parenthood's illegal acts has been released (Leda Oreskovich).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released another video featuring Planned Parenthood officials casually - and even happily - discussing the revolting practice of murdering infants in the womb then mercilessly cutting them to pieces for profit. Meanwhile, after ... continue reading


Phony priest celebrated masses, funerals and performed marriages - for more than 20 years! Watch

Image of Operating out of St. Ignatius of Loyola in northeastern Los Angeles, Erwin Mena allegedly sold tickets to a pilgrimage to visit New York to see the Pope during his visit to the United States last year (Facebook).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

He might have talked a good talk and walked a good walk, but authorities finally caught up with fifty-nine-year-old Erwin Mena, who posed as a priest for more than 20 years in Los Angeles. Mena was arrested and will enjoy a lot of time in small rooms - with bars on the ... continue reading


'Christian Refugees 2 Christian Nations, Muslim Refugees 2 Muslim Nations, That's Only Fair': Protesters rally in Missoula County Courthouse Watch

Image of Protesters stand in snow (not pictured) to stand against new influx of refugees into America (AP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In an effort to ease the strain on other countries who have accempted several thousand refugees, the Obama administration plans to send refugees to smaller Montana cities. Over 120 Montana citizens faced snow and ice on Monday to protest outside the Missoula County ... continue reading


Why did secret Muslim Obama visit a controversial mosque? Watch

Image of Why is Obama visiting a mosque with questionable ties?

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

President Obama is visiting a controversial mosque in Baltimore today, one that has ties to Islamic extremism. Even fellow Muslims are upset that he chose the Islamic Society of Baltimore for his visit, when he could have chosen more "moderate" mosques. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


In the minds of murderers: 9/11 began with a small question and grew to a national tragedy Watch

Image of 9/11 was based on a flight that crashed into the sea (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The horrific tragedy of 9/11 was reportedly started when Osama bin Laden heard of the murder-suicide on EgyptAir Flight 990. The plane's pilot crashed into the ocean, prompting bin Laden to wonder why he didn't choose to crash into a building. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


What does the Super Bowl have to do with the Catholic Church? Watch

Image of

By CNA/EWTN News

Who else is facing off during the Super Bowl? Catholic Charities. Whether fans are rooting for the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers in the upcoming NFL Super Bowl 50, Catholic Charities of Denver, Colorado, and Charlotte, South Carolina are uniting to host ... continue reading


Did the Groundhog see his shadow? 6 fun facts about Groundhog Day you never knew before Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The fate between winter and spring anxiously awaited the arrival of the weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. The furry groundhog emerged from his hole on February 2 in search of a shadow ... that he never found. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According ... continue reading


'The Way' with Deacon Fournier: Are We Driving Jesus Out of Our Lives? Watch

Image of An artists rendering of the anguish of the Gerasene demoniac before he was delivered by the power of Jesus Christ.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

These biblical accounts need to be read, re-read, prayed over, and then read again and again and again. They need to be applied in our own lives, if we want to fully experience the healing of the wounds caused by our own sin and be freed from our own spiritual ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 3:4-13
4 The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, since that was the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
9 How can a young man keep his way spotless? By keeping your ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:30-34
30 The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 6th, 2016 Image

St. Paul Miki
February 6: Paul was the son of a Japanese military leader. ... Read More