Bishop Patrick E. Farrell, the current leader of the Diocese of Washington, has been named to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ list of top 100 Catholic leaders for the sixth consecutive year.
The new honor, which comes on the heels of Farrell being named to two other Bishopship of Daughters of St. Josephs (BOD) lists in 2016 and 2018, is Farrell’s first in the U.
“Bishop Farrell is a leader who embodies Catholic social justice,” the Bishops said in a statement.
“He is the leader of an institution that represents all people, including those with disabilities.
The Bishops recognize that his vision and vision of justice can and will be sustained and strengthened through his continued support of our mission, ministry and faith.”
The announcement came on the same day Farrell, who served as the Bishop of Seattle for five years before becoming Bishop of Puget Sound, was named to a new Bishopships of Saint Josephs and Saint Francis.
The Bishops also announced Farrell as the winner of the 2017 U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Human Rights Award.
He is currently on the U., where he has been nominated for the position of UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The nomination is the first time Farrell has won the award, and it comes after he was criticized for comments he made at a conference in 2015 that were later deleted.
Farrell told the audience at the UN that the church should not be “a political party,” adding that people who support “a right to abortion, to contraception, to euthanasia, to same-sex marriage, to abortion on demand, are not Christians.”
“They’re not even practicing what they preach,” Farrell said at the conference.
He went on to say that “our Church needs to be more about social justice and less about political party politics.”
The Bodies released a statement praising Farrell’s achievements.
“Bishop Patrick Farrell has a record of advancing the Catholic faith and its message of peace, justice and the dignity of every person, in which everyone is free and has a place in the community.
His work for the people of the United States of America has helped the Church to grow into the powerful and powerful organization it is today,” the statement read.
“We thank him for his service to the Church, and look forward to him continuing his work as the Bodies President of the Washington Archdiocese.”