On May 1, just behind the walls where the tales of abuse and healing were on display, a small group of Catholics just like the ones in the stories gathered with bishops, clergy, victim advocates and others for a daylong event on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, but also to acknowledge the pain caused, to offer comfort, express sorrow, to share a meal, to pray and extend the wish to heal a broken trust.
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.