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Agenda announced for fall US bishops’ meeting

October 03, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the agenda for its fall meeting, which will take place from November 11 to 14 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel.

Among other agenda items, the bishops will elect a new conference president and vice president, vote on a Spanish-language translation of the Roman Missal for use in US dioceses, and vote on new English-language translations for the Order of Celebrating Marriage and the Order of Confirmation.

The bishops will also discuss whether to draft a document on pornography and listen to presentation on the work of Catholic Relief Services.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Oct. 04, 2013 2:53 PM ET USA

    ALL is not the only Catholic pro-life organization that has criticized CRS; Population Research Institute (PRI) has done an extensive study and month-long interviews by their special investigator in Madagascar that turned up definite cooperation between CRS employees on the ground and USAID/CARE/SanteNet, the distribution of abortion-inducing drugs, in sterilizations, condoms, etc. verified by the bishops of the area who complain of their independent actions.

  • Posted by: impossible - Oct. 03, 2013 10:16 PM ET USA

    Item #1 on the agenda should be an up or down vote on this: Effective immediately this organization should cease to exist with the recommendation that each Bishop shall henceforth carry out the duties of his ordination, namely to teach, sanctify and govern with "teach" to mean apolitical teaching of orthodox Catholic teachings, "sanctify" is self defining and "govern" to mean taking charge of running their diocese in strict compliance with Canon Law. Leave politics to the laity.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 03, 2013 7:57 PM ET USA

    The voting on a Spanish language translation of the English version of the Roman Missal is a mistake. The bishops are like the government and want to cater to all whims out there. It is more important for Spanish speaking immigrants (legal and illegal) to learn english. The bishops are merely helping to further polarize the country and different regions. They also need to hear the facts on the CRS and not hide their heads in the sand.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 03, 2013 6:23 PM ET USA

    Defender, don't bet on it. The USCCB led by Timothy Cardinal Dolan don't like Judie Brown. Dolan wouldn't eat lunch with her because she had the temerity to criticize the USCCB, but he had no problem dining with Obama.

  • Posted by: Jim.K - Oct. 03, 2013 6:13 PM ET USA

    Sure it will come up. Someone will mention that a right- wing organization has made some reckless charges and they will refer the whole matter to a committee for study with a report due to the whole body in a zillion years!

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 03, 2013 11:09 AM ET USA

    "American Life League (ALL) has published an open letter to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), challenging the group to explain millions of dollars in grants to organizations that support abortion, contraception, and sterilization." Wonder if this will come up?