USCCB

What’s Done in Darkness Will Come to Light

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the controversy surrounding the revelations that Msgr. Burrill, former General Secretary of the USCCB, was using a “hook-up” app while handling the sexual… Read More

Division among the Bishops, or a Blessing in Disguise?

Stephen White reflects on the current debate over whether the USCCB ought to craft a document about Eucharistic coherence: “The American Church has suffered through decades of lax sacramental discipline,… Read More

Are These Not My People?

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the current unrest and racial tensions in the U.S. in light of the Gospel and the USCCB pastoral document on racism, “Open Wide… Read More

The Bishops Stand – In Their Own Way – With Peter

Stephen White of Catholic University looks at the debate over the word “pre-eminent” during the General Assembly in November 2019 and how some of the tensions in the American episcopacy… Read More

What the Bishops Also Must Do

In the aftermath of the 2018 clergy abuse crisis, Stephen White of Catholic University looks at expectations for the USCCB November 2019 General Assembly, including the election of the next… Read More

Four Take-Aways from Baltimore

As the clerical sex abuse scandal continues, Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the four measures passed at the USCCB General Assembly in June 2019. “The USCCB directives call… Read More

Finish the Job

Stephen White of Catholic University urges USCCB action on lay review of abuse allegations at the June 2019 General Assembly. “Would Rome balk at mandatory lay review? Maybe. But whether… Read More

Unfinished Business

In the midst of the clerical abuse crisis, Stephen White of Catholic University looks at expectations regarding the June 2019 USCCB General Assembly. “The American bishops could go a long… Read More

Pope Warns U.S. Bishops Against Disunity Over Sex Abuse (Wall Street Journal)

By Francis X. Rocca- Pope Francis sent a letter to the U.S. Bishops as they began their retreat at Mundelein; it focused on the evils of disunity. Rocca writes that… Read More

Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse (Associated Press)

Nicole Winfield- The AP obtained a copy of Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s November 11, 2018 letter to the leadership of the USCCB which gives the reason for halting the proposed vote:… Read More

Reckoning with the Baltimore Fiasco

Stephen White of Catholic University recounts the surprise announcement from Cardinal DiNardo at the November 2018 General Assembly: that the Holy See requested the USCCB not to move forward on… Read More

Vatican cancels USCCB vote on sex abuse reform measures (CNA)

By Ed Condon- This article covers the surprise opening of the USCCB’s Fall Plenary, when Cardinal DiNardo announced that the Holy See asked the U.S. Bishops not vote on their… Read More