NEWS AND ISSUES

 
Statement From Bishop Loverde On Newtown Tragedy 2012-12-17
In the face of the horrific tragedy that occurred on December 14th in Newtown, Connecticut, our hearts continue to break in unspeakable sorrow. The human family is one, so we cannot but be profoundly distressed by the evil and violence that took t ... read more
Bishop Loverde on Bishop Walter F. Sullivan 2012-12-12
"Along with the clergy and parishioners of the Diocese of Arlington, I join in prayer for the repose of the soul of Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, Bishop Emeritus of Richmond. Upon my installation in the Diocese ... read more
Diocese Assessing Future Plans for Paul VI HS 2012-11-13
Nov. 13, 2012 (Arlington, VA) — The Catholic Diocese of Arlington today announced that the Office of Catholic Schools is assessing the long-term needs of Paul VI Catholic High School. The analysis and review i ... read more
Statement Regarding the "Nuns on the Bus" 2012-11-01
STATEMENT REGARDING THE "NUNS ON THE BUS" CAMPAIGN AND SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO CHURCH (ARLINGTON)MICHAEL J. DONOHUE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS DIOCESE OF ARLINGTON: ... read more
A Letter from Bishop Loverde to the Diocese 2012-10-30
My brothers and sisters in Christ,With Election Day now a week away, I take this final opportunity to urge you all to vote in these very important national elections. As I have communicated to you in columns, letters, homilies and statements over the past months, we as Catholics are confronted with grave challenges to our beliefs as baptized and confirmed members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Indeed, we know that we face serious threats to our very ability to practice and live our faith in our communities as full citizens. ... read more
October Clergy Appointments 2012-10-10
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments:Parochial Administrator  Reverend Ugochukwu J. Cletus, S.S.J., from service outside the diocese to Administrator of the Church of Saint Joseph in Alexandria, was effective September 28, 2012.  Reverend Christopher J. Pollard - from service at the Apostolic Nunciature to the United Nations, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, to Parochial Administrator of the Church of Saint John the Beloved in McLean, effective October 24, 2012. ... read more
Clergy Appointments 2012-09-05
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments: ... read more
This July 4th, Catholics Must Remain Vigilant 2012-07-03
Bishop Loverde: This Independence Day, Catholics Must Remain Vigilant in the Fight to Retain Our Religious Liberty ARLINGTON, VA (July 3, 2012) – The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arl ... read more
2012 Clergy Appointments 2012-06-09
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments effective on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, except where noted differently. ... read more
Bishop Loverde Congratulates Bishop Lori 2012-04-26
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Priest Placed on Leave 2012-04-18
(ARLINGTON, VA) - Rev. Terry W. Specht, a priest of the Diocese of Arlington, has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a male minor in the late 1990s. The investigation is in its initial phase, and no final determination has yet been made regarding the allegation. ... read more
Bishop Loverde on "Accommodation" of HHS Policy 2012-02-13
On Friday, President Obama stated that his Administration will implement a Health and Human Services policy that “accommodates religious liberty while protecting the health of women” (cf. www.whitehouse.gov).  At present, the rule in its revised written form has yet to be seen.  This revised rule, as explained by the president, will still force nearly all employers, including Catholic institutions, to pay for birth control, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.  Make no mistake: this “accommodation,” as described, is no accommodation at all, but rather remains a direct violation to our right to religious liberty, a right which is protected in the Constitution. ... read more
Bishop Loverde on the Death of Bishop Estabrook 2012-02-08
On behalf of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, and in my own name, I wish to express my deep sadness upon the death of B ... read more
Bishop Loverde on HHS Contraceptive Mandate 2012-01-24
ARLINGTON, VA (January 24, 2012) - The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington and spiritual leader of Northern Virginia's nearly half million Catholics, today commented on the decision by the Obama Administration to mandate sterilization and contraceptive coverage, including abortifacients, in health insurance plans offered by religious institutions, such as colleges and hospitals. He released the following statement: ... read more
Diocese Welcomes New Communications Director 2012-01-18
Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde has appointed Michael J. Donohue as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Arlington.  Michael will serve as spokesperson for the Diocese and oversee all internal and external communications. ... read more
2012 Clergy Appointments 2012-01-14
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments effective January 14, 2012:Newly Ordained Permanent DeaconsDeacon James J. Benisek, newly ordained, Permanent Deacon to the Church of Saint William of York in Stafford. ... read more