Sacramento bishop asks for prayers ahead of USCCB meeting

Bishop Jaime Soto: "Children and young people were scarred by horrible, wicked crimes committed by the very people they had been taught to rely on as spiritual leaders"

In a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento, Bishop Jaime Soto asks parishioners to join him in praying for three intentions ahead of the USCCB Fall General Assembly. The following is the full text of Bishop Soto's letter: --- October 31, 2018 Dear Friends in Christ: On Monday, November 12th, I will join my brother bishops for the week-long assembly of the US … [Read more...]

Judge throws out lawsuit against bishops over immigrant shelters

ACLU of Northern California had sought to block government funding of USCCB to provide housing for immigrants because of Church's refusal to provide abortions, contraception

A federal judge has dismissed the ACLU’s attempt to block the government from delegating the care of immigrant unaccompanied minors and sex-trafficking victims to a Catholic group that opposes birth control and abortion, and transfers those wishing to have an abortion to other shelters. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed the lawsuit against the … [Read more...]

Pope turns down request by U.S. bishops for apostolic visitation

USCCB will now consider proposal for lay-led investigation of four dioceses where former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick served: New York, Metuchen, Newark, and Washington, DC

On the one month anniversary of explosive charges against Pope Francis’ handling of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s history of abuse, it has become clear that the U.S. bishops’ request for a Vatican-led investigation will not move forward, leading the prelates to ponder what comes next. Last month, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleged in an 11-page “testimonial” that Pope … [Read more...]

Few details provided on meeting between pope, U.S. bishops

Senior U.S. bishops thanked pope for the meeting but declined to go into details on what was discussed; no mention of apostolic visitation

The leaders of the US bishops’ conference had a “lengthy, fruitful and good exchange” with Pope Francis during their meeting today, but have not mentioned any details about what was discussed or whether any concrete measures were taken or promised. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met the Pope at the Vatican along with Cardinal … [Read more...]

Pope to meet with bishops, cardinals about clerical abuse

USCCB officials meet with Pope September 13; world-wide meeting of bishops to be at Vatican February 21-24

Cardinal DiNardo and USCCB officials to meet with Pope Francis The director of the Vatican’s press office has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference Thursday, along with the conference’s vice-president, general secretary, and the president of the pope’s commission on child protection. The meeting is expected to address the … [Read more...]

Vigano letter tests bishops, others

Strickland, Scott Hahn, Lantheaume, Tobin, McElroy, Cupich, Wuerl, Soto, Olmsted, Morlino, DiNardo, Paprocki, Coakley, Vann, Aquila, Cordileone, Weigel, Robert George, Chaput

  Bishop Joseph Strickland, Tyler, Texas, Aug. 26 “Let us be clear that they are still allegations, but as your shepherd I find them to be credible .”     Scott Hahn, Catholic apologist, Aug. 26 “Thank you, Bishop Strickland."       Cardinal Raymond Burke, Vatican City, Aug. 26 “The declarations made by a … [Read more...]

U.S. bishops invite Vatican investigation into McCarrick scandal

Bishops will invite the Vatican to conduct an official Apostolic Visitation to the United States to address questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick, in consultation with the lay members of the National Review Board

The U.S. bishops’ conference called for a Vatican-led investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and cover-ups surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, as well for new abuse reporting processes, and greater involvement of laity in addressing abuse concerns.   “We are faced with a spiritual crisis that requires not only spiritual conversion, but practical changes to … [Read more...]

Debate over ‘Faithful Citizenship’ at meeting of U.S. bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy: 'Faithful Citizenship' “doesn’t reflect the full-bodied teachings of Pope Francis,” document undermines current thinking in the Church "by its tendentious use of ‘intrinsic evil"

What some expected would be a brisk vote turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. At the end of the vigorous discussion, when the bishops eventually voted on the action item June 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, 77 percent … [Read more...]

Created male and female

US bishops join other faith leaders in letter affirming "the goodness of the creation of humanity as male or female"

Following the USCCB General Assembly in November 2017, a group of ecumenical and interfaith partners gathered with bishops of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage to discuss gender ideology. As a result of this discussion, faith leaders today issued an open letter entitled "Created Male and Female". Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. of Philadelphia, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Naumann elected US bishops’ pro-life committee chair

Seen as endorsement of St. John Paul II's “culture of life” approach

Urgent appeal from California Catholic Daily staff Dear California Catholic Daily reader, This coming year, we hope to bring you even more original stories and videos about the Church in California. We intend to do this as part-time staff spread throughout the state — on a limited budget. However, in order to stay afloat, we need more of our readers to donate. You … [Read more...]