U.S. Bishops’ President Condemns Violent Protests and Prays for Safety as Chaos Threatens U.S. Capitol
January 6, 2021
WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to today’s violence in the United States Capitol:
“I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the police and all those working to restore order and public safety.
“The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of this great nation. In this troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy and come together as one nation under God. I entrust all of us to the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May she guide us in the ways of peace, and obtain for us wisdom and the grace of a true patriotism and love of country.”
U.S. Bishops Approve Three Action Items During 2020 General Assembly
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved three action items at their 2020 Fall General Assembly that met last week, Nov. 16-17, in a virtual format.
The full body of Bishops approved:
Revised Strategic Priorities for the 2021-24 USCCB Strategic Plan, “Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope” by a vote of 193 – 3 with two abstentions.
Renewal of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism that focuses on addressing the sin of racism. The committee was established in August 2017 upon the unanimous recommendation of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and in consultation with members of the USCCB’s Committee on Priorities and Plans. The vote to renew the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism was 194 – 3 with one abstention.
Recommendations of the Committee on Budget and Finance for approval of the 2021 Proposed Budgets by a vote of 193 – 1 with four abstentions.
News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations, and other materials of the General Assembly can be found at usccb.org/meetings.
November 13, 2020
Revised Schedule and Agenda for U.S. Bishops’ Meeting Today and Tomorrow
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are gathering virtually for their 2020 Fall General Assembly today and tomorrow, Nov. 16-17, in a virtual format. The livestream of the general assembly will run today from 1:30-4:00pm (central) and tomorrow from 12:00-1:45pm (central).
The public portion of the assembly will begin with an address by the Papal Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The Bishops will also hear from Archbishop José Gomez, Los Angeles, as he gives his first address as USCCB president. Changes were made in the schedule to accommodate a discussion by the Bishops on the Vatican’s Theodore McCarrick report. Additionally, the Bishops will hear a report from the National Review Board, which advises the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, specifically on policies and practices. The meeting agenda will include dialogue by the Bishops on a pastoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a pastoral response to racism. They will discuss and vote on the revised strategic priorities of the USCCB’s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan, the renewal of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and the USCCB’s budget for 2021.
Public sessions of general assembly discussions and votes will be available via livestream at usccb.org/live. News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to usccb.org/meetings as soon as possible. To follow the meeting on social media, please use the hashtag #USCCB20 and follow on Twitter (@USCCB) as well as on Facebook (facebook.com/usccb) and Instagram (instagram.com/usccb).
November 4, 2020
U.S. Bishops’ Anti-Poverty Program Celebrates 50 Years
This month marks 50 years since the first national collection in support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. Catholic bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program. This year’s collection to support CCHD will be held in most parishes the weekend of Nov. 21-22, on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. This national collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s community and economic development grants and education programs to foster hope in communities across the nation. Twenty-five percent of the funds collected remain in each diocese to support local anti-poverty projects.
Projects supported by CCHD include expanding access to affordable housing, promoting access to education, developing worker-owned businesses and reforming the criminal justice system. CCHD helps low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities and nurtures solidarity between people living in poverty and their neighbors. Learn more about poverty in the U.S. at povertyusa.org and access fact sheets on poverty, a poverty map and stories of hope from groups supported through the annual collection.