Posts Tagged ‘US Bishops Conference’

Pope Francis meets with US LGBT group previously denounced by Vatican

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

Pope Francis met Tuesday at his residence with leadership from the US LGBT organisation New Ways Ministry. The group had previously been denounced by both the US Bishops’ Conference and the Vatican’s doctrinal office for causing confusion on sexual morality among the Catholic faithful. It’s unclear what the topic of the meeting was. The organisation Read more

Bishops elect anti-Francis archbishop as new president

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

The US bishops have sent a clear message of rejection to Pope Francis by selecting Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the Archdiocese for the Military Services, as president of the bishops’ conference. The bishops’ choice of new leadership revealed the deeper ecclesiological orientation of the body. They had to decide if they wanted to be Read more

Media tragedy: Catholic News Service to close

Monday, May 9th, 2022
Catholic News Service

Wednesday brought devastating news for the Church and Catholic journalism, when Catholic News Service (CNS) announced that they will be shutting down their Washington, DC and New York bureaus at the end of the year, and that all of its US-based staff would be losing their jobs. They also announced that their Rome bureau would Read more

Head of US Bishops calls social justice movements “pseudo-religions”

Monday, November 8th, 2021
social justice movements pseudo religions

An archbishop’s speech saying some modern social justice movements are Marxist-inspired, woke, anti-Christian “pseudo-religions” has been met with “dismay and disbelief”. US Bishops’ Conference head and Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s (pictured) 4 November speech to a group of Catholics in Spain shows “a serious misunderstanding, and perhaps even a willed ignorance, about the goals Read more

The end of the oracular papacy

Monday, June 21st, 2021
oracular papacy

As the U.S. Catholic bishops conduct their semiannual meeting virtually this week, the big question is whether they will approve a proposal to create a teaching document on the Eucharist that would deny the sacrament to politicians who support pro-choice policies. No one doubts that the proposal is directed at regular Mass-goer Joe Biden, the Read more

The Biden Communion stories are stupid

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Biden communion

Recently, a handful of American Catholic bishops have issued statements questioning whether anyone who supports abortion rights should be receiving Communion, and journalists immediately pounced: Will President Joe Biden, they wanted to know, be denied Communion by the U.S. bishops’ conference because of his pro-choice position on abortion? Journalists, here’s your answer: This is a Read more

Catholic leaders say all vaccines morally acceptable

Monday, March 8th, 2021
vaccines morally acceptable

Some Catholic leaders have argued that all three Covid-19 vaccines are morally acceptable, pushing back against U.S. Catholic bishops questioning the morality of taking coronavirus vaccines. They have said the shots are moral and are needed urgently to save lives. The barrage of differing philosophical opinions on the three approved vaccines were based on how Read more

Pope’s migrant drowning anguish

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Photos of a migrant father and young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal permission have struck the hearts of many world leaders. The photos show the bodies of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria, who were fleeing from El Read more

Bishops announce new policies to police bishops

Monday, September 24th, 2018

New policies to police bishops have been announced. The US Catholic bishops’ conference apologied last Wednesday for the role of bishops in the church’s clergy sexual abuse scandal. At the same time, they announced new initiatives to hold abusive or negligent bishops accountable. Read more

Racism, prejudice, violence – sins of a nation

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Bishops in the US say racism, prejudice and violence are sins U.S. society and the Church itself must work at to eliminate. This month’s violent “Unite the Right” protests in Charlottesville, Virginia have resulted in the bishops making a new resolution to oppose and eliminate racism. “The times demand it; our Gospel demands it,” Bishop Read more