Staffer tied to abortion, gay ‘marriage’ advocacy resigns from U.S. bishops-linked climate group

Sarah Spengeman, director of programs for Catholic Climate Covenant, had been featured in San Diego newspaper article headlined: "Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty"

The following comes from a December 19 LifeSiteNews article by Lisa Bourne: An employee of a climate change non-profit associated with the U.S. Bishops has resigned after publicly advocating that opposition to the disputed notion of climate change is as important as the sanctity of human life while also apparently supporting other issues that contravene Catholic … [Read more...]

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Pope names new auxiliary bishop for Orange diocese

Father Timothy Freyer, 53, currently episcopal vicar for the diocese, gets the nod from Rome

The following comes from a November 23 USCCB press release: WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Timothy Freyer, 53, episcopal vicar for the Diocese of Orange, California, as an auxiliary bishop of Orange. The appointment was publicized in Washington, November 23, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Timothy Freyer was born … [Read more...]

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Catholic bishops press Trump on immigration

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops say that serving people fleeing conflict is part of their identity as Roman Catholics

The following comes from a November 14 Crux article: WASHINGTON - The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging President-elect Donald Trump to adopt humane policies toward immigrants and refugees. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said serving and welcoming people fleeing conflict and violence is part of their identity as Roman Catholics. Church leaders said they … [Read more...]

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Three California bishops seek USCCB posts

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron among nominees for committee posts

The following comes from an October 17 USCCB press release: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the chairman-elect of five standing committees at the upcoming annual 2016 General Assembly taking place November 14-16 in Baltimore, Maryland. Each bishop elected will serve for one year as chairman-elect before beginning a three-year … [Read more...]

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US bishops’ vote likely to be seen as referendum on Pope Francis

Some see upcoming USCCB elections as barometer of how U.S. prelates feel about the pontiff

The following comes from an October 21 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: As it turns out, the Trump v. Clinton showdown isn’t the only election of interest to American Catholics this fall. The U.S. bishops are also going to be voting for their own new leaders in mid-November, and in some ways their choices are almost certain to be read as a referendum on how the … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishops’ Labor Day statement

They lament stagnant wages, job losses and shrinking of labor unions

The following comes from the Labor Day Statement 2016 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, written by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami: This Labor Day, we draw our attention to our sisters and brothers who face twin crises—deep trials in both the world of work and the state of the family. We behold signs that have become too familiar in the years … [Read more...]

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US bishops react to Obama Administration’s transgender bathroom mandate

Call it 'deeply disturbing'

The following comes from a May 16 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops news release: WASHINGTON—Two Committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement in response to guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender … [Read more...]

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