The overt criticism of the USCCB came after Cardinal Cupich published a separate statement on his website that did not include certain critiques.
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Archbishop Jose Gomez told bishops Tuesday that a future President Biden, as a Catholic, would present unique challenges for the Church in the United States, especially regarding Biden policy positions at odds with Catholic doctrine.
In his statement, Archbishop Gomez urged victims of clerical abuse to report their abuse to both law enforcement and Church authorities, and called for repentance.
In his statement, Archbishop Gomez urged Catholics to pray and reflect on the U.S. bishops’ voting guide, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility.”
The Mass came amid the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Sept. 18-26 novena meant to prepare for the 2020 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, observed Sept. 27.
As 2020 started, preparations were underway to celebrate a “Jubilee Year” leading to the 250th anniversary of St. Junípero Serra’s founding of the mission Sept. 8, 1771.
The fire at St. Gabriel is being investigated by local and federal authorities, who have yet to determine the cause of a July 11 fire that destroyed the 249-year-old church’s roof and much of the historic church building.
Local firefighters said they responded to an initial alarm at 4:24 a.m. and by the time they arrived, smoke and flames were visible from outside the church with more than 50 firefighters needed to bring the flames under control.
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB, announced the new members who will help advise the bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People.