I want to thank those parishioners who were able to attend the listening session on the abuse crisis, held here at St. Mary last Sunday evening. There was a tremendous level of courage demonstrated in those who spoke, as well as a posture of reverent listening among the gathered group. I anticipate that, although there will not likely be a “repeat” event in the same exact format, the coming months will call for further opportunities for communication in a group fashion.
Related to this, elsewhere in this issue is a copy of a letter from Bishop Perez, sent to all parishes at the end of last week. Although the dates of this prayer and fasting period on the part of the bishops concludes this weekend, we deemed it worthwhile to share the text herein. *Please remember Bishop Perez’s family in prayer, on the occasion of the death of his father, David.
The following gives more details on the U.S. bishops meeting:
WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2018 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 12-14.
The assembly will begin with an address by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB and also an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The body of bishops will then adjourn to an on-site chapel for a full day of spiritual discernment and prayer. This will be followed by a Mass celebrated Monday evening at the site of the assembly.
During the assembly the bishops will discuss and vote on a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis, including those approved for the agenda at the September meeting of the Administrative Committee, such as a third-party reporting mechanism, standards of conduct for bishops, and protocols for bishops resigned or removed because of abuse. The bishops will also hear reports from the National Advisory Council and National Review Board.
The assembly will also vote on the Pastoral Letter Against Racism and will also hear a report on the 15th Ordinary Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. The bishops will also vote on the 2019 budget.
The bishops will also vote for a Conference Treasurer-elect, new chairmen of the Committee on Catholic Education, and new chairmen-elect of the following five USCCB committees: Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, Committee on Divine Worship, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, and the Committee on Migration.
There will also be a voice vote on the cause for canonization for Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA. Public sessions of general assembly discussions and votes as well as portions of the day of spiritual discernment will be available via livestream at:http://www.usccb.org/live