- Jun 3, 2020
Bishop William Joensen has been ordained as the 10th bishop to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines.
New bishops need to prepare for a life filled with God’s surprises, with daily plans that change at the last minute and, especially, for a life dedicated to spending time with God and with the people, Pope Francis said.
The best way to help the Catholic Church, Pope Francis told new bishops, is not by pointing fingers and creating scapegoats, but by working together doing God’s will.
Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy.
Bishop William A. Wack of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, and Bishop Robert M. Coerver of Lubbock, Texas, went up to shake the hand of Pope Francis on Thursday, and as soon as he heard where they were from, the pope asked about Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and the people in Texas and Florida.
In remarks to newly appointed Catholic bishops during the last twelve months on Thursday, Pope Francis focused on the virtue of discernment, saying it “can’t be reduced to repeating formulas such as ‘high clouds send little rain’ to a concrete person, who’s often immersed in a reality that can’t be reduced to black and white.”