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AMA applauded for reaffirming its opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

AMA applauded for reaffirming its opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee praised a June 10 decision by the American Medical Association to reaffirm its long-standing policy against physician-assisted suicide.

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Bishops approve update of texts of rites for clergy ordinations

Bishops approve update of texts of rites for clergy ordinations

| Mark Pattison | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops voted to update texts last changed in 2003 for the ordination of clergy.

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Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

| Carol Zimmermann | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in a passage on the issue in the U.S. Catechism for Adults.

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U.S. bishops take action to respond to Church abuse crisis

U.S. bishops take action to respond to Church abuse crisis

| Carol Zimmermann | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

At the start of the June 11-13 spring assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, it was clear the bishops had a task at hand: to respond to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

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Catholic Church should focus on getting ‘nones’ back, Bishop Barron says

Catholic Church should focus on getting ‘nones’ back, Bishop Barron says

| Carol Zimmermann | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although the U.S. bishops’ spring assembly in Baltimore was mostly devoted to responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, the bishops also considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. Church leaders: How to get religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” particularly young people, back to the Catholic Church.

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Cardinal DiNardo calls bishops to be trustworthy like Barnabas

Cardinal DiNardo calls bishops to be trustworthy like Barnabas

| Christopher Gunty | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo focused on the feast of St. Barnabas in his homily June 11 during a Mass at the end of the first day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring meeting.

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Pope advances sainthood causes for U.S. priest, Spanish martyrs

Pope advances sainthood causes for U.S. priest, Spanish martyrs

| Carol Glatz | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black Catholic parish in Chicago.

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U.S., English bishops welcome Vatican document on gender ideology

U.S., English bishops welcome Vatican document on gender ideology

| Elizabeth Bachmann | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catholic bishops in the U.S., England and Wales welcomed the Vatican’s statement that gender ideology is opposed to faith and reason, and that Catholic schools and parents must help teach children that gender is fixed from birth.

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Bishops to vote on implementing pope’s ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

Bishops to vote on implementing pope’s ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

| Mark Pattison | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops are scheduled to vote on a plan to implement the “motu proprio” “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (“You are the light of the world”) issued in May by Pope Francis to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable.

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Cesareo repeats call for greater lay involvement as church tackles abuse

Cesareo repeats call for greater lay involvement as church tackles abuse

| Dennis Sadowski | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

National Review Board chairman Francesco Cesareo offered the U.S. bishops meeting in Baltimore a series of recommendations that he said will strengthen the church’s response to the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis.

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Bishops pass 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

Bishops pass 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

| Mark Pattison | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops are set to vote on a 10-point statement, “Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments,” in which the bishops hope to regain “the trust of the people of God.”

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Proposed protocol outlines restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

Proposed protocol outlines restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

| Mark Pattison | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

If a credible accusation of sexual misconduct has been reported against a retired bishop, his successor may act to limit the retired bishop’s scope of ministry, including the celebration of the sacraments and the right to be buried in the diocesan cathedral, according to a proposed document presented to the bishops the first day of their June 11-13 spring general assembly in Baltimore.

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