Details published on Vatican delaying USCCB vote on abuse provisions

VATICAN CITY | The surprising news in November that the Vatican had asked U.S. bishops not to vote on several proposals for responding to the sexual abuse crisis was motivated by a lack of time given the Vatican to study the proposals and potential conflicts with church law, according to a letter obtained by the… Read more »

USCCB president condemns shooting at synagogue, all ‘acts of hate’

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic bishops stand with “our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community,” the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 27 after a horrific shooting earlier that day in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described as a hub of Jewish life in that city. The shooting… Read more »

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON | Pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops. It also instructed the U.S. bishops’ canonical affairs… Read more »

As abuse crisis continues, pope to meet with USCCB officers, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis will meet Sept. 13 with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and with Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Vatican press office announced. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of… Read more »

USCCB president explains plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

WASHINGTON | The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the “moral catastrophe” of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church. The plan “will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy and the Vatican,” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said…. Read more »

Church urged to address its leaders’ ‘moral failures of judgment’

WASHINGTON | Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick “will rightly face” a Vatican canonical process regarding sexual abuse allegations against him, but the U.S. Catholic Church must take steps to respond to church leaders’ “moral failures of judgment,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The accusations against Archbishop McCarrick, a former cardinal and… Read more »

USCCB hold their conference in Miami for the first time

FORT LAUDERDALE | The weeklong assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is the first time the group has ever met in the Archdiocese of Miami. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the host for the conference, allowed himself to enjoy the victory. He said he’d invited the USCCB to South Florida years ago. The… Read more »

Bishops ‘cannot, in good faith, endorse’ new GOP immigration bill

WASHINGTON | The U.S. bishops “cannot, in good faith, endorse” an immigration bill submitted by the House’s Republican leadership, said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. Bishop Vasquez said the bill would bring about “large structural changes to the immigration system that detrimentally impact families and the… Read more »

At meeting in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions’ asylum decision

FORT LAUDERDALE | The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States. “At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” the bishops’ statement said. They urged the nation’s policymakers and courts “to… Read more »

Bishops throw support behind another bill to protect undocumented youth

WASHINGTON | The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration announced support April 25 for a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for young adults brought into the country as minors without legal documentation. The proposed bill also calls for an increase in security at the border between Mexico and the U.S.,… Read more »