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Database on the bishops and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church
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operator David M. Cheney
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On-line - (currently active) is an online database on the bishops and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church ( Latin Church and Eastern Catholic Churches ). The website is a private project by David M. Cheney from Kansas City . It is not supported by church bodies.

Origin and content

In the 1990s, David M. Cheney created a simple website that documented the Roman Catholic bishops in his home state of Texas . At that time, many did not yet have a web presence. In 2002, after moving to the Midwest, he created the website and gradually expanded it to the United States and all countries.

The database contains geographic, organizational, and address information for all current and historical Roman Catholic dioceses in the world, including the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches that are in full communion with the Holy See .

It also provides biographical information on the incumbent and many former diocesan and auxiliary bishops such as dates of birth, ordinations and, if applicable, death.


The database is used as a reference by Vatican Radio, as well as numerous dioceses around the world, academic institutions, libraries, newspapers (both secular and Catholic) and publications. The Vatican observer Sandro Magister recommends the site. It is used as a reference by ecclesiastical publicists such as John L. Allen, Jr. and canon lawyers such as Edward N. Peters and Rocco Palmo. The Zenit news agency refers to the "silent and unique service for the Church".


The sources used are the printed sources of the Holy See Annuario Pontificio , Acta Apostolicae Sedis and Acta Sanctae Sedis as well as historical studies. The current changes of dioceses and bishops are taken from the Vatican Information Service .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nicolas Senèze: David Cheney, l'homme qui recense les évêques . La Croix, November 24, 2008.
  2. Felix Neumann: They collect the knowledge of the world church ., August 8, 2017.
  3. Vatican Radio: "Chad: A 'frontier Church' at the Synod in Rome" "Statistics vary but according to ..." .
  4. ^ The Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania - resources , accessed October 20, 2016.
    Catholic Trust for England and Wales , accessed October 20, 2016 | "To see the structure of the Catholic Church's Hierarchy go to"
    The Free Online Site of Washington History: Bishop Augustin Blanchet dedicates Washington's original St. James Cathedral at Fort Vancouver on January 23, 1851 , accessed on October 20, 2016.
    Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Azcapotzalco México Estampas del catolicismo en México by Rodolfo Soriano Núñez , accessed October 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Stanford University Libraries: Cardinal Francis Arinze , accessed October 20, 2016.
    Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library - list of Byzantine Catholic Websites ( October 21, 2016 memento on the Internet Archive ), accessed October 20, 2016.
    John Paul the Great Catholic University , accessed October 20, 2016.
  6. Washington Post: Pope Benedict XVI's path to the papacy , February 11, 2013 | Sources: News services, Vatican, .
    Boston Globe , accessed October 20, 2016 | SOURCES:; Archdiocese of Boston; Catholic Encyclopedia;; "Dictionary of the Liturgy;" Father Jason A. Gray of the Peoria Archdiocese; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops .
    Stacey Henson: Aging priesthood part of the Catholic struggle , Michigan Live, April 25, 2009.
    El Observador: ¿Qué implica ser parte del Colegio Cardenalicio? , January 4, 2015.
    Jan Reijnders: Bisschop Ernst (98): 'In mijn tijd als bisschop was islam de afdeling buitenland' , BN DeStem, December 4, 2015
  7. ^ Society of St Pius the X: Worldwide 187 dioceses without a bishop , July 15, 2013.
    Catholic Universe: The Catholic press in the UK , December 4, 2009
    Adoremus Bulletin , accessed October 20, 2016 | Another useful website is
    The Tablet: Obituaries , May 17, 2012.
    Katholiek Nieuws Blad: Twee Nederlanders in top tien oudste nog levende bisschoppen , November 5, 2015.
    Edward Pentin: Concerns Rising Over Slow Appointments of Bishops . National Catholic Register, July 13, 2013: "According to figures on, eight US dioceses are without a bishop, plus two US eparchies (dioceses of Eastern rite churches)."
    Nicolas Senèze: Des cardinaux de plus en plus nombreux et de plus en plus âgés . La Croix, April 20, 2012.
    Catholic News Perspectives: Wind set to rustle among Philadelphia Catholics , July 23, 2011.
    Kathleen Naab: Hobby Turned Service to the Church . Zenit News Agency, March 29, 2011: " ZENIT's own editorial director, Jesús Colina, has this to say about it:" My staff and I consult dozens of times a day. Behind basically every reference we make to any member of the Church hierarchy - and we make thousands - there's a quick look at this site. " "
  8. ^ Rogelio Saenz: The Changing Demographics of Roman Catholics . Population Reference Bureau, August 2005.
    Anura Guruge: The Next Pope .
    Jeremy Clarke: The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History .
    J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann (Editors): Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices .
    Edward Everett Hale, Hsuan L. Hsu, Susan Kalter: Two Texts by Edward Everett Hale .
    Jennifer Johnson-Hanks: Uncertain Honor: Modern Motherhood in an African Crisis .
    Denis Dragovi: Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives (Palgrave Studies in Compromise) . March 4, 2015.
    Rien Fertel: Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans .
    Leslie Woodcock Tentler: Church Confronts Modernity: Catholicism since 1950 in the United States, Ireland, and Quebec / Edition 1 .
    Patrick Taylor: The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions: Volume 1: A – L; Volume 2: M-Z .
    Christine Kinealy: Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers .
    Michael Schuck, John Crowley-Buck (Editors): Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents .
    Peter Addai-Mensah: Mission, Communion and Relationship: A Roman Catholic Response to the Crisis of Male Youths in Africa Mission, Communion and Relationship: A Roman Catholic Response to the Crisis of Male Youths in Africa .
    Margit Balogh: Diplomatic Missions of the Holy See in Hungary and East-Central Europe after the Second World War .
    Roman Malek and Gianni Criveller (Editors): Light a Candle. Encounters and Friendship with China. Festschrift in Honor of Angelo S. Lazzarotto PIME (Collectanea Serica). Sankt Augustin, Institut Monumenta Serica; Nettetal, Steyler Verlag, 2010.
    Dyron B. Daughrity: To Whom Does Christianity Belong ?: Critical Issues in World Christianity .
    Stanley D. Brunn: The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics . February 3, 2015.
    Oliver Grasmück: An apparition of Mary in times of dictatorship: the conflict over Peñablanca .
    North Aaron Paul: Sede Vacante Diocesan Administration : “A privately operated website,, proved to have abundant and accurate data and was extremely helpful in finding and confirming the information in other sources”
  9. L'espresso - Chi siamo: Elenco di siti di Chiese e religioni , accessed on November 14, 2015.
  10. ^ John L. Allen, Jr .: Religious-order bishops are a long but contested tradition . National Catholic Reporter, Feb.17, 2009 | “Based on lists provided by the Catholic Hierarchy Web site (” .
  11. ^ Roman Catholic Arch / Bishops of the USA , accessed October 20, 2016.
  12. ^ Rocco Palmo: The Pauline Ordination Conspiracy? . Whispers in the Loggia, March 7, 2007.
  13. Kathleen Naab: Hobby Turned Service to the Church - Interview With Web Master of ( Memento of September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ).
  14. David M. Cheney: sources . May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2014.

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