The Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith defines an apostolic visitation as “an exceptional initiative of the Holy See which involves sending a Visitor or Visitors to evaluate an ecclesiastical institute such as a seminary, diocese, or religious institute.  Apostolic Visitations are intended to assist the institute in question to improve the way in which it carries out its function in the life of the Church.”

Take a closer look at recent Apostolic visitations ordered in the United States…

 

An apostolic visitation took place in Memphis. What does that mean?

Mary Farrow | Catholic News Agency

Memphis, Tenn., Jun 30, 2018 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Last week, the Vatican sent two representatives to the Diocese of Memphis for an apostolic visitation. According to reports from local media, the visitation was to address concerns regarding major changes made by Bishop Martin D. Holley, including the reassignment of up to two-thirds of the 60 active priests in the diocese.

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More on Cleveland’s apostolic investigation

Dennis Coday | National Catholic Reporter

We learned Monday Cleveland the diocese would be the subject of an apostolic visitation this week. John M. Smith, bishop emeritus of the Trenton, N.J., is doing the visiting. We hope he gets a chance to talk with the folks at FutureChurch. They have a lot of good things to say.

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Vatican probe ends with an olive branch for American nuns

John L. Allen Jr. | CRUX

An unprecedented and highly controversial Vatican investigation of every community of Catholic sisters in the United States that began with criticism of nuns as having a “secular mentality” ended Tuesday with a report full of praise, and without any disciplinary measures or new controls.

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Families of Parishes Announced;

Pilots families begin in JanuaryWestern New York Catholic, December 2, 2021After a year in the consultative process, the Diocese of Buffalo’s Families of Parishes are now finalized. A total of 36 families will be formed by the current 161 parishes in the diocese....

The Appointment of New Bishop

Statement of John J. Hurley of the Movement to Restore Trust On the Appointment of Bishop Michael W. Fisher as the 15th Bishop of Buffalo December 1, 2020 The Movement to Restore Trust (MRT), a movement of the lay faithful committed to rebuilding the Church of Buffalo...

Diocese Renewal initiative seeking Volunteers

Are You Tech Savvie? September 3, 2020 Our Temporary Administrator for the Diocese, Bishop Ed Scharfenberger is working with Leadership Roundtable and a group of volunteers to hold Zoom conversations with parishioners from all across our Diocese during the weeks of...

Vatican issues new guidelines for parishes:

5 things you need to knowDenver Newsroom, Jul 20, 2020The Congregation for Clergy on Monday published new guidelines for the world’s parishes, which aim to encourage parishes to think of themselves as missionary communities of evangelization.The guidelines do not...

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