The calls at the summit to hold bishops accountable, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said, affirmed the U.S. bishops’ in their efforts to establish standards of conduct for bishops and procedures for reviewing complaints against bishops.
Border bishops from the U.S. and Mexico, along with representatives from various Catholic social justice groups, will gather in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 25-27 for an emergency meeting on recent immigration developments in the region.
The chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have written to the sponsors of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2019, which would bar states from taking action against an adoption or foster care provider for offering its services in a way that would not violate its religious or moral principles.
Without a clear and decisive focus on spiritual conversion and Gospel-inspired ways of responding to victims and exercising ministry, “everything we do risks being tainted by self-referentiality, self-preservation and defensiveness, and thus doomed from the start,” Pope Francis wrote to U.S. bishops.
An official at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said recent comments made by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in defending human fetal tissue research were “deeply disturbing.”
As the U.S. bishops entered the last public part of their 2018 fall general assembly, centered largely on the clergy sex abuse crisis, six clergy sex abuse survivors announced Nov. 14 a lawsuit against the prelates’ main organization, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.