Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Diocese
January 20, 2015
This morning, January 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Diocese and Father Bayhi’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to review the decision of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Diocese and Fr. Bayhi are disappointed that the Court denied our request, at least at this stage, to intervene in this case, which has significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.
Notwithstanding the Court’s decision not to intervene at this time, The Diocese and Fr. Bayhi have a number of options for raising further constitutional challenges in this case, which they are currently evaluating. The denial of the writ is in no way a ruling on the merits of the case, nor does it preclude the Diocese or Father Bayhi from pursuing constitutional challenges which have not yet been ruled upon by the trial court. The Diocese and Fr. Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions, and are confident that those efforts will, in due course, be successful.
Statement from Bishop Robert Muench
on Appointment of Rev. Fernand Cheri, III, O.F.M.,
as Auxiliary Bishop-elect of New Orleans
January 12, 2015
The Diocese of Baton Rouge joins me in heartily congratulating Reverend Fernand J. Cheri, III, O.F.M., in his appointment by Pope Francis as Auxiliary Bishop-elect for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. We also congratulate Archbishop Aymond and the Archdiocese of New Orleans in his selection.
Bishop-elect Cheri comes from an extremely faith-filled New Orleans Catholic family, one whom I met in my first year of priesthood (1968) when he attended St. John Vianney Preparatory School and was his religion teacher for junior and senior years. In his senior year, his schoolmates elected him Student Council President, a position he served with great distinction. At his graduation he received the Christian Leadership Award, the prestigious and highest honor extended only one graduate each year.
Bishop-elect Cheri is gifted with significant talents, both supernatural and natural. He is a clergyman of integrity, a charismatic leader and an effective minister of the Gospel. He manifests great love of God and of the Church. He has an engaging personality, warm disposition and friendly smile. He has always led by example as well as by insight and direction.
May God bless Bishop-elect Cheri in his new assignment.
World Meeting of Families
September 22-27, 2015
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