The statement was issued on the 60th anniversary of ‘Nostra Aetate,’ the document of the Second Vatican Council which made clear the Church’s condemnation of hatred and violence against Judaism, beginning a new era of understanding and cooperation between the two faiths.
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‘So much attention is given to the ceremony rather than to the vocation,’ Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco says, in discussing the need for accompanying couples embarking on the vocation of marriage.
In addition to public comments on the Synod on Synodality from the papal nuncio, the USCCB’s outgoing president and its doctrinal head, the bishops are believed to have selected four delegates to next year’s Synod of Bishops in Rome.
Bishop Michael Burbidge discusses pro-life efforts in the wake of Dobbs, as he takes over leadership of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee.
Here’s a summary of key actions taken at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall plenary assembly.
The USCCB had urged senators in July to oppose the Respect for Marriage Act, citing the importance of stable marriages for the well-being of children and society and expressing concerns about the bill’s effect on the religious freedom of those who hold to a traditional definition of marriage.
The congress, which is the culmination of the National Eucharistic Revival — a three-year initiative by the U.S. bishops to inspire Eucharist belief — is expected to draw some 80,000 people.
The vigil has taken place on the eve of the annual March for Life since 1979. Catholics across the country are encouraged to participate Jan. 19-20, 2023, to pray for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life in the United States.
The USCCB will consider this week whether to advance on the local level the causes of beatification and canonization for Cora Evans, Michelle Duppong and Mother Margaret Mary Healy Murphy.
The USCCB expressed support for such measures as reasonable accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers; support for a child tax credit; tax credits and other assistance for pregnancy resource centers; initiatives to support federal paid family leave; strengthening of maternal and child health care; and adoption support.