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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the October 18, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Pope Benedict XVI has named retired Archbishop Alex J. Brunett of Seattle as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland, effective Oct. 4.

Archbishop Brunett will serve in the interim after Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone begins his new post as the archbishop of San Francisco and before the appointment of his successor in Oakland.

On July 27, the pope named then-Bishop Cordileone to succeed retiring Archbishop George H. Niederauer. Archbishop Cordileone, who had been Oakland’s bishop since 2009, will be installed as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco during a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption Oct. 4.

“Part of my job is to prepare (the diocese) for another bishop. I’m not here forever,” quipped Archbishop Brunett as he greeted and made brief remarks to members of the chancery staff Sept. 21 during a brief visit to the Oakland Diocese.

Archbishop Brunett, a native of Detroit, was ordained to the priesthood in 1958 in Rome. After a number of assignments in the Detroit area, Pope John Paul II appointed him as bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Mont., in 1994. He was named archbishop of Seattle in 1997, and remained in that post until he retired in 2010 at age 76. Under canon law, bishops must submit their retirement at age 75.

It was previously announced that Archbishop Cordileone would remain apostolic administrator of the Oakland Diocese even after his installation as archbishop of San Francisco. He explained in a memo to employees the appointment of the retired archbishop was made “in order to relieve me of the burden of the pastoral governance of two dioceses at the same time as I assume leadership in San Francisco.”

He also expressed his gratitude to Archbishop Brunett for “the enthusiasm with which he accepted this appointment. He has a wealth of experience, and I am confident that this will benefit the diocese during this period of transition,” he said.

– Catholic News Service

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – In 2008, Mike Caldwell was about to be ordained a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. But something was jamming his spiritual growth and he couldn’t identify it.

Then, in a gush, he realized he had never grieved for the child he had lost years before. Nor had he atoned for standing by weakly as death came.

In his 20s, before he joined the church, Caldwell’s girlfriend had become pregnant. She told him she would “take care of it.” He let her.

“A young man with the standards of this world would say he’d dodged a bullet,” says Caldwell, now 61 and serving at St. Joseph the Worker Parish and Catholic Charities. “Now I know I lost a child.”

He and his girlfriend wed. As is frequent in post-abortive relationships, the marriage did not last long.

Caldwell’s life did come together. He wed again 32 years ago. He and wife Linda have three children. He joined the church. After 25 years at Bonneville Power Administration, he retired and began formation in the diaconate. It was during his spiritual logjam that he learned about Project Rachel, a Catholic Charities ministry for those – women and men – wounded in mind and spirit by abortion. After making his confession and attending a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, his life flowed more freely.

“Abortion is legal, but interiorly, we know it’s wrong,” Caldwell says. “The pro-abortion people will say it’s guilt imposed by society. But that’s not true. It comes from inside. It leaves people in a place where they can’t find peace.”

Caldwell now helps lead the weekends. Everyone on the retreat team has lost a child to abortion. “That helps us speak with mercy and compassion and forgiveness,” he explains.

“Abortion always has an impact on people’s lives, even if they’re not aware of it,” says Lori Eckstine, who has directed Project Rachel for a decade. “It alters us negatively because it’s contrary to the way we were created.”

- Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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