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 »

Ministry, mission, communion key points in nuncio’s talk to U.S. bishops

BALTIMORE | The bishop’s ministry and mission, and how he forges communion, was the message in Archbishop Christophe Pierre’s address to the U.S. bishops Nov. 11 in Baltimore. The “ad limina” reports submitted to the Vatican in advance of U.S. bishops’ meetings with Pope Francis and curial officials — indeed, a handful of bishops were… Read more »

Campaign stresses why civility is important as 2020 election approaches

WASHINGTON | Rancor in politics, especially these days, may be the norm, but a nationwide effort is underway to remind people that civility in political discussions is a virtue. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is introducing the Civilize It campaign Nov. 3 at parishes around the country. It stresses that respectful dialogue — rather… Read more »

Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

WASHINGTON | The National Council on Disability said in a new study that “the dangers and harms” physician-assisted suicide laws present to people with disabilities “appear to be as significant today” as they were in 1997 and 2005, when the council earlier analyzed the harms of such laws. “NCD’s concerns, then and now, stem from… Read more »

Supreme Court divided over federal protections for LGBT employees

WASHINGTON | On the second day of the Supreme Court’s new term, a divided court Oct. 8 heard oral arguments from three cases concerning protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts. At the end of the two hours, for two consolidated cases about fired gay employees and… Read more »

After faith leaders’ border visit, the resolve to help migrants grows

HATCH, N.M. | A group of U.S. Catholic bishops, along with a Vatican representative and other priests, celebrated Mass Sept. 26 next to a field of chili peppers with farmworkers and their families and other immigrants. They blessed the workers’ hands. They blessed the water that nourishes the famous Hatch chili peppers for which the… Read more »

USCCB: Admitting fewer refugees ‘runs counter’ to U.S. values

WASHINGTON | A proposal to reduce the number of refugee admissions to the United States to fewer than 30,000 “would be wholly counter to our values as a nation of immigrants,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chair of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. “America welcomes refugees; that is… Read more »