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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz steps down as Chair of Committee for Religious Liberty amidst cancer treatment; Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester to serve as Acting Chair of the Committee

July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Bishop Robert J. McManus to serve as Acting Chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty until the November 2019 General Assembly. The appointment was made following the resignation of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., of Louisville, previous chair of the committee, after his diagnosis with urothelial carcinoma.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announces the Publishing of Creating a Culture of Encounter: A Guide for Joyful Missionary Disciples

July 22, 2019

WASHINGTON—  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announces the publishing of Creating a Culture of Encounter: A Guide for Joyful Missionary Disciples for use by parishes and communities of faith around the country.

This Spanish/English guide will help Catholics live out the call of Jesus to meet those on the peripheries with the Good News of the Gospel for their lives. It offers an organized five-session parish encounter process to help small groups to dig deeper into the Church’s evangelizing mission.

Massachusetts Catholic Conference

ROE NEWS ALERT- HEARING DATE SET

The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the two bills (HB 3320 and SB 1209) on June 17, 2019 at 1 pm in Gardner Auditorium at the State House.

Massachusetts Catholic Conference

Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) NEWS ALERT- Hearing Date Set

The Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing on two bills ( HB 1926 and SB 1208) on June 25, 2019 at 11 A.M. in Gardner Auditorium at the State House.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

U.S. Bishops’ Vote in Favor of Moving Forward on Third-Party System for Reporting Abuse Allegations Against Bishops

June 13, 2019 

BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have taken three separate votes that will lead to the establishment of a third-party reporting system designed to receive confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops per Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi.  

The bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of each of the elements necessary to establish a third-party reporting system yesterday. 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Committee Applauds AMA’s Action Reaffirming Opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide

June 11, 2019

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted by a 2 to 1 margin to affirm its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Following the vote, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued the following statement:

Massachusetts Catholic Conference

Response to the CLS Spending Report on Statute of Limitations

“A report involving the legislative efforts of dioceses in the United States regarding statute of limitations is inaccurate and a misrepresentation with regards to the work of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC).

Massachusetts Catholic Conference

Upcoming Parish Educational Seminars

NO on Abortion Expansion

A Human Rights Issue for All

 

Upcoming Parish Educational Seminars:

Monday, June 10 @ 6:00 pm – St Mary Parish Hall, 25 Avery Street, Dedham

Wednesday, June 12 @ 7:00 pm – St Peter Lower Church, 86 Court Street, Plymouth

Massachusetts Catholic Conference

ROE- NEWS ALERT

Today, Senate Bill 1209 was referred from the Joint Committee on Public Health to the Joint Committee on Judiciary. Therefore, both ROE bills (HB 3320 and SB 1209) will be heard by the Joint Committee on Judiciary.

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