Tag: General assembly

U.S. bishops examine challenges faced by Church, society

U.S. bishops examine challenges faced by Church, society

| Carol Zimmermann | November 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

During their Nov. 11-13 meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops elected new officers and discussed challenges in the Church and the nation. They spoke of their renewed efforts to help immigrants, youth and young adults, pregnant women and the poor as well their steps to combat gun violence and racism.

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Hopeful that bishops’ resolve means results

Hopeful that bishops’ resolve means results

| June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the bishops gathered in Baltimore last week, there were many different thoughts and emotions amid the seriousness of this last year’s events in the Church in the United States and globally. The most consistent sentiment was a deep, firm resolve to move forward to hold bishops and priests decidedly accountable for instances of sexual abuse of children or other vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct, or the mishandling of such cases. The four action items, which all passed by overwhelming majorities, expressed this resolve:

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Bishops give go-ahead to developing priorities, plans for the early 2020s

Bishops give go-ahead to developing priorities, plans for the early 2020s

| Mark Pattison | June 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops June 12 gave a provisional OK to development of a new set of strategic priorities to guide the work of their conference from 2021 through 2024.

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Protocol approved on restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

Protocol approved on restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

| Mark Pattison | June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a measure that would enable bishops to apply restrictions in the life and ministry of retired bishops accused of sexual abuse or who failed to take necessary measures to prevent abuse.

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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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Comments at listening sessions showed need for racism pastoral

Comments at listening sessions showed need for racism pastoral

| Mark Pattison | November 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

During discussion at their Baltimore assembly on the U.S. bishops’ new pastoral letter, “The Enduring Call to Love: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham, Alabama, said the document’s message was needed, as the civil rights movement “began 60 years ago and we’re still working on achieving the goals in this document.”

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Bishops’ abuse response must trump all other issues, advisory group says

Bishops’ abuse response must trump all other issues, advisory group says

| Carol Zimmermann | November 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

A group that has been advising the U.S. bishops for 50 years on multiple issues chose to speak to the bishops in Baltimore Nov. 13 on just one issue: the clergy sexual abuse crisis itself and ways to move forward from it.

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Protesters gather outside U.S. bishops’ meeting, call for change

Protesters gather outside U.S. bishops’ meeting, call for change

| Emily Rosenthal | November 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened a Day of Prayer at the Fall Bishops General Assembly Nov. 12, John McKeon was the first to walk a path along Aliceanna Street outside the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, just after 9 a.m.

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Cardinal: Delay in vote on abuse response proposals a ‘bump in the road’

Cardinal: Delay in vote on abuse response proposals a ‘bump in the road’

| Dennis Sadowski | November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Vatican-requested delay in adopting practices that are expected to boost accountability among U.S. bishops in their response to clergy sex abuse is a “bump in the road,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

| Dennis Sadowski | November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss at their Baltimore meeting regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis.

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