Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz Elected USCCB President

News from the USCCB about elections at this year’s General Assembly: Bishops elect chairman of Catholic Education Committee Chairmen-elect chosen for five other USCCB committees New CRS, CLINIC board members chosen November 12, 2013 BALTIMORE—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the bishops’ [Read More...]

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Day One at #USCCB13 General Assembly — In Tweets

If you missed the first day of the USCCB Fall General Assembly, definitely check out the day’s Tweets from the chosen hashtag #usccb13: Tweets about “#usccb13″ One of the highlights of the day was this video from the USCCB on rebuilding the Church in Haiti: Also of note: Address of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic [Read More...]

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USCCB on Shutdown: Time to Listen to the Bishops

Out this morning from the Office of Media Relations at the United States Council of Bishops is a strongly worded statement from Sister Mary Ann Walsh which details the USCCB’s current position with respect to the government shutdown: As the government shutdown continues, it may be time to listen to another body – the U.S. [Read More...]

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Video: Pope Francis Meets with Cardinal Dolan and USCCB Leadership

From Rome Reports, we have some terrific firsthand footage of Pope Francis’ meeting today with Cardinal Dolan and the leadership of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: In attendance with Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of Louisville Joseph Kurtz, the Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain, and the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Bransfield. My favorite aspect of [Read More...]

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Bishop Blaire to House: Oppose Cuts for Poor and Hungry

From the USCCB, news of Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California — chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development — urging the U.S. House of Representatives not to accept a proposed $40 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps: “SNAP helps [Read More...]

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Second Madagascar Archbishop Expresses Strong Support For Catholic Relief Services

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I was happy to see yet another strong message from the USCCB today in support of Catholic Relief Services. This follows Saturday’s news that Archbishop Désiré Tsarahazana had voiced “strong support” for CRS. From the USCCB: WASHINGTON—Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of the Archdiocese of Antananarivo, which includes the capital city of Madagascar, has repudiated allegations that Catholic [Read More...]

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DOMOMAP: Defense of My Own Marriage Action Plan

I’d like to weigh in on the big news of today in my own way, since I lack the insight, eloquence and also the guts of some of my fellow Patheos bloggers. There are so many educated insights floating around, so rather than blogging today I spent my day praying about what — if anything [Read More...]

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Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers – Unpacking #MACongress

After a week full of weather-related travel delays, the participants of this year’s Mid-Atlantic Congress were thrilled to arrive in Baltimore. The event opened on the afternoon of March 7, 2013 with a lively introduction and prayer service which set the perfect tone for the days to follow. One interesting feature at this year’s Mid-Atlantic [Read More...]

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When Violence Divides Us

I’ve already mentioned here on the blog how challenging, in fact heart-wrenching, it can be to try to blog in the aftermath of tragedies like last week’s devastation in Connecticut. Yesterday, I was reminded personally how swift the transition from national outrage to finger pointing can really be. It’s not surprising, perhaps, that in the [Read More...]

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Random Thoughts on a Rainy Friday

The view from my office today: Soggy!

True confessions time: rain depresses me. Actually, “depresses” is not really the right word — but “dampens my spirits” seems too silly to say. Regardless, unlike others in my family who love the lack of Fresno heat and her sun that withers our raisins, when it starts raining I feel like curling up in bed [Read More...]

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