Who Can We Trust?

Here’s a common question among many lay people today: “Which of the bishops can we truly trust?” This is a difficult question to answer, especially in light of the sexual abuse scandal and the apparent heterodoxy of many bishops.

Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, recently published his personal Honor Roll of Bishops on his blog Abyssus Abyssum Invocat. The Honor Roll is a list of bishops Gracida knows enough about to consider them “good bishops worthy of support and respect.”

What is a bit disheartening about the list is that it only includes 39 names (out of a total of 428 active and retired bishops in the United States). Only 23 (out of a total of 255) are currently active.

One major caveat to consider: The list only includes bishops who Gracida would have known well enough to form an opinion.  Bishop Gracida retired in 1997 and thus his interactions with active bishops has been greatly reduced since that time. What is probably most interesting about the list are the bishops that are NOT included who Bishop Gracida would have known well when he was in active ministry.

For your convenience, we provide Bishop Gracida’s list below, in a sortable format for your review.

First NameMILast NameTitleStateStatus
SamuelJ.AquilaArchbishop of DenverColoradoActive
RobertJ.BakerBishop of Birmingham AlabamaActive
FabianBruskewitzBishop Emeritus of Lincoln NebraskaRetired
RaymondL.BurkePatron Sovereign of Military Order of MaltaActive
BrendanJ.CahillBishop of Victoria TexasActive
RobertJ.CarlsonBishop of St. Louis MissouriActive
EdmondCarmodyBishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi TexasRetired
CharlesJ.ChaputArchbishop of PhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaActive
PaulS.CoakleyArchbishop of Oklahoma CityOklahomaActive
JamesD.ConleyBishop of Lincoln NebraskaActive
SalvatoreJ.CordileoneArchbishop of San Francisco CaliforniaActive
DanielJ.CroninArchbishop Emeritus of Hartford ConnecticutRetired
EldenF.CurtissArchbishop Emeritus of Omaha NebraskaRetired
FelipeJ.EstevezBishop of Saint Augustine FloridaActive
DavidE.FellhauerBishop Emeritus of Victoria TexasRetired
RoertW.FinnBishop Emeritus of Kansas City-Saint Joseph MissouriRetired
GeraldA.GettlefingerBishop Emeritus of Evansville IndianaRetired
MartinD.HolleyBishop Emeritus of Memphis TennesseeRetired
JosephL.HowzeBishop Emeritus of Biloxi MississippiRetired
DamielR.JenkyBishop of Peoria IllinoisActive
PeterJ.JugisBishop of Charlotte North CarolinaActive
JosephE.KurtzArchbishop of Louisville KentuckyActive
OscarH.LipscombArchbishop Emeritus of Mobile AlabamaActive
BasilH.LostenBishop Emeritus of Stamford (Ukrainian)ConnecticutRetired
RobertC.MorlinoBishop Emeritus of Madison WisconsinDeceased
JosephF.NaumannArchbishop of Kansas CityKansasActive
ThomasJ.OlmsteadBishop of Phoenix ArizonaActive
ThomasJ.PaprockiBishop of SpringfieldIllinoisActive
FrancisA.QuinnBishop Emeritus of Sacramento CaliforniaRetired
DavidL.RickenBishop of Green Bay WisconsinActive
PlacidoRodriguezBishop Emeritus of Lubbock TexasRetired
AlexanderK.SampleArchbishop of PortlandOregonActive
MichaelJ.SheridanBishop of Colorado Springs ColoradoActive
WilliamS.SkylstadBishop Emeritus of Spokane WashingtonRetired
EdwardJ.SlatteryBishop Emeritus of Tulsa OklahomaRetired
JosephE.StricklandBishop of Tyler TexasActive
ThomasJ.TobinBishop of Providence Rhode IslandActive
RobertF.VasaBishop of Santa Rosa CaliforniaActive
JohnW.YantaBishop Emeritus of Amarillo TexasRetired