Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’

The synod offers us ‘Catholic way’ to grapple with real-world problems

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

We are now in the “between time”—when we can reflect on the synthesis of the first session, and prepare ourselves for the second session. I anticipate that the secretariat for the synod and the synod office of the [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] will be sending some resource material for us to use with our Read more

Where’s the welcome? Trans Catholics mostly rejected

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Trans Catholics in the US say they’re having a hard time retaining their faith. Apart from a small number of individual parishes, transgender people are kept outside the community. Even the US Conference of Catholic Bishops rejects the concept of gender transition. Trans people also face rebukes from fellow Catholics, which drives them away. One Read more

Catholics ‘certainly’ respond to US Bishops on parody Twitter account

Monday, April 19th, 2021
Catholics share experiences on Twitter

Catholics have taken to Twitter to share personal stories of their church experiences, and many of the tales are not positive. A Twitter account was initially created as a parody of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. But it has taken on a new meaning with two invitations for Catholics. In one tweet, it asked Read more

Bishops’ working group on Biden disbanded

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Less than three months after the formation of a controversial working group to deal with President Joe Biden, the nation’s Catholic bishops have disbanded the group, which produced a public rupture among the U.S. hierarchy in its approach toward the nation’s second Catholic president. According to two bishops familiar with the process, the work of Read more

Virtual bishops’ meeting: More efficient, less personal

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

In a year when most meetings have switched to an online format, the fall assembly of the U.S. bishops was no exception. The Nov. 16-17 virtual meeting involved about 300 bishops on Zoom and many viewers watching the livestreamed public portions. The two days of discussions went off without a hitch, save for the occasional Read more

First black American cardinal appointed

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
first black American cardinal

Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory will be the first black American cardinal. He was one of 13 new cardinals announced by Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus address on October 25th. Nine of the new appointees are under the age of 80. They will be eligible to vote in a papal conclave along Read more

Lay advisors want Vatican to release McCarrick files

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Lay advisers to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) want the Holy See to be more open about former archbishop Theodore McCarrick. They want the USCCB to ask for all the relevant documents and the results of diocesan and archdiocesan investigations about McCarrick to be released. Both the National Advisory Council to the US Read more

Catholic bishops want legislative action for Dreamers

Monday, April 30th, 2018

US Catholic bishops are calling for legislative action for Dreamers. Dreamers are undocumented migrants who arrived in the US as children. Bishop Joe Vásquez says the US Catholic Bishops conference supports the bipartisan “Uniting and Securing America” (USA) Act of 2018 as it is currently written. Vásquez chairs the conference’s Committee on Migration. The Act Read more

Bishops hail new healthcare mandate as return to common sense

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is praising the change to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Affordable Care Act healthcare mandate regarding funding contraception. The USCCB says the change is a “return to common sense, long-standing federal practice, and peaceful coexistence between church and state.” The change provides “a Read more