This year’s United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly from Nov. 15-17 in Baltimore was marked by the election of new conference leaders.
The newly elected United States Conference of Catholic Bishops president, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, said he intends to continue the work of his predecessor, Archbishop José Gomez, in fostering unity among the bishops.
When Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso celebrated Mass from an altar erected over the Rio Grande River earlier this month, attended by parishioners on both sides of the river that marks the U.S.-Mexico border, he cried.
The U.S. bishops’ three-year eucharistic revival, which will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in 2024, is in full swing, according to Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of Crookston, Minnesota.
The U.S. bishops gave their consent for the advancement of the sainthood causes of three U.S. Catholics at the local diocesan level.
The U.S bishops were encouraged to send participants to the African National Eucharistic Congress, slated for July 21-23 in Washington, and to come themselves.
If honesty is indeed the best policy, then two young people addressing the U.S. bishops about the joys and struggles of growing in faith became policymakers during a Nov. 16 session at the bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.
Twenty years ago, the big news from the bishops’ general assembly in Dallas was the adoption of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.
On the second day of the U.S. bishops’ conference fall general assembly, a proposal to update the conference’s voting guide for Catholics fostered the most discussion, with multiple bishops calling for the next iteration of the document to address current political realities and societal divisions.
In his first remarks as the newly elected U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president, Archbishop Timothy Broglio said he would welcome the opportunity to meet with President Joe Biden and denied that his election is a sign of “dissonance” between Pope Francis and U.S. bishops.