Profit over safety, especially in pandemic, ‘unjust,’ says Labor Day statement

WASHINGTON | Given the “somber” realities imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, for companies to put profits over safety is “unjust,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. Even before the pandemic, “a significant number… Read more »

USCCB website now offering resources for Catholics amid COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON | The website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a special link on its website to a page offering various resources for the nation’s Catholics as they weather the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Under the heading “Together in Christ: Responding to Coronavirus,” the usccb.org/coronavirus page also has a link to for all… Read more »

USCCB launches ‘Walking With Moms in Need’ yearlong parish service project

WASHINGTON | U.S. Catholic bishops are being asked to invite the parishes in their dioceses to join a nationwide effort called “Walking With Moms in Need: A Year of Service” from March 25 of this year through March 25, 2021. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic… Read more »

U.S. bishops join Florida bishops in offering amicus brief to U.S. court

ORLANDO | Although James Dailey has spent 32 years on Florida’s death row, his case has recently garnered national attention. Dailey was convicted in the 1985 murder of Shelly Boggio, a 14-year-old from Kenneth City in Pinellas County. Although another man, who is serving a life sentence in the murder of the same victim, has… Read more »

Catholics pledge to have Masses said in support of Sheen beatification

WASHINGTON | The Dec. 3 announcement by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, that the Vatican has decided to postpone the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has led to a grassroots effort to have Masses said all over the world to pray his beatification will go forward. Organizers of the effort hope to have “a… Read more »

The USCCB debate surrounding the Faithful Citizenship document

Baltimore  |  A public tweet offered by a single bishop that was based on an incorrect issue of debate has created consequences of backlash that some Catholics may needlessly lose trust in their bishops, and lose confidence in the claims of the Catholic Church. Following a discussion of whether a paragraph taken from an apostolic… Read more »

O’Malley: Vatican may ‘soon’ release details of McCarrick investigation

BALTIMORE | In a brief presentation Nov. 11 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Boston’s Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley told the bishops gathered in Baltimore the Vatican may publish what it knows about the ascent to power of now-disgraced former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick by Christmas, or perhaps the New Year. McCarrick was… Read more »

Bishop Barron urges bishops to help bring people back to the church

BALTIMORE | Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles did not just bemoan the fact many young people are leaving the Catholic Church. He said church leaders need to make it a priority to bring them back. The bishop, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, who is known for his website,… Read more »

In court briefs, Catholic leaders urge Supreme Court to keep DACA in place

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders joined more than 35 other groups that have filed friend-of-the-court briefs urging the Supreme Court to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA. Supporters of the program, initiated by President Barack Obama in 2012, want the high court to keep in place three separate appellate court rulings… Read more »

Bishop Dewane on gun violence: ‘It’s time for a different approach’

BALTIMORE | Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said Catholic clergy and lay leaders can play a role in bringing together people along the rural-urban divide to build understanding of the need for sensible policies that can end the scourge of gun violence. His call came during a 20-minute presentation Nov. 11, the first… Read more »