Indigenous Catholics, along with U.S. and Canadian bishops, are welcoming the Vatican’s repudiation of a legal and political doctrine by which European colonial powers and North American governments historically seized lands from Indigenous peoples — while stressing there is more work to be done in healing Catholic-Indigenous relations.
New Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, La., Urges Faithful to ‘Walk Together to Answer God’s Call’ to Build Up Church
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, a former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, was installed March 29 as the fifth bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Church Needs Creative Ministries to Care for Abuse Survivors, Advocate Says
A ministry for homebound victim-survivors of clergy abuse to receive the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is an example of the creativity needed to help abuse survivors find healing, said the executive director of the Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection for the U.S. bishops.
Farmworker Awareness Week Aims to Highlight Work, Raise Understanding of Issues
National Farmworker Awareness Week — March 25 through April 1 this year — is an attempt to not only raise awareness of the work farmers do but to also highlight issues affecting farmworkers and their families.
U.S. Bishops Urge Dept. of Education to Keep Rule Protecting Campus Religious Groups
In response to a proposal from the U.S. Department of Education to rescind religious freedom protection for faith-based organizations on public university campuses, deeming them unnecessary, the U.S. bishops have asked the agency to preserve the protection, which it calls “common sense.”
Bishops Urge Congress to Pass Legislation Banning Transgender Athletes from Girls’ Sports
The leaders of two U.S. bishops’ committees sent a letter of support on March 3 to congressional leaders who have introduced legislation to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s team sports.
Head of New Institute Says Catechesis Must Also Evangelize
At the same time the U.S. bishops look to revitalize the nation’s faith through different initiatives related to encounter and evangelization, Father Daniel Mahan wants to utilize the same concept to enhance catechetical processes for young people “in ways that spark the imagination.”
Diocese Taking First Steps Toward ‘Walking With Moms in Need’
Eager to prove that local parishes stand ready to help pregnant women who choose life over abortion in post-Roe America, the Diocese of Brooklyn is joining a nationwide program aimed at providing assistance and resources for mothers-to-be.
As Immigration Politics Play Out, Catholics at the Border Focus on People
While hoping for the best amid an appeal by the Biden administration of a district judge’s decision to end a controversial Trump-era measure allowing immediate expulsion of immigrants, advocates for new arrivals along the U.S.-Mexico border say their focus remains on the migrants they encounter.
Only in Print: Bishops Choose New Leaders, Boost Cause for 3 Saints, Support Ukraine
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.