Are These Not My People?

Stephen White 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 Our Hearts” “As… Read More

The Bishops Stand – In Their Own Way – With Peter

Stephen 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 were seen in it.… Read More

What the Bishops Also Must Do

Stephen looks at expectations for the USCCB November 2019 General Assembly, including the election of the next President. “It matters who becomes the next president of the USCCB. But if… Read More

Four Take-Aways from Baltimore

Stephen reflects on the four measures passed at the USCCB General Assembly in June 2019. “The USCCB directives call for lay involvement at every possible stage of the process. The… Read More

Finish the Job

Stephen 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 canon law mandates lay… Read More

Unfinished Business

Stephen looks at expectations regarding the June 2019 USCCB General Assembly. “The American bishops could go a long way toward making up for the disappointment of last November by emphasizing… 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 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 any proposals for bishop… Read More

Vatican cancels US bishops’ 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

Miters and Millstones

Stephen writes on the vocation of the priesthood, in view of the crisis and the November 2018 General Assembly. “Let’s hope and pray that the bishops have the courage and… Read More

To the Bishops, before their General Assembly (First Things)

By Jayd Henricks- The former executive director of government relations at the USCCB writes to the bishops on the eve of their meeting in Baltimore. He writes from personal observation… Read More