- May 29, 2020
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, praised Pope Francis for his Aug. 4 letter to priests in which the pontiff expressed “gratitude to all those priests who faithfully and generously spend their lives in the service of others.”
New Jersey’s new law allowing assisted suicide, effective Aug. 1, “points to an “utter failure” on the part of government and indeed all society, said Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen.
The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual.
Representatives of lay organizations expressed caution over the steps taken by U.S. bishops to boost accountability and transparency in dealing with clergy sexual abuse, saying future actions by the bishops will determine how successful the initiatives ultimately will be.
The U.S. bishops are slated to vote on whether to approve a revised national directory on formation and ministry for permanent deacons during their June 11-13 meeting in Baltimore.
The U.S. Catholic bishops will meet in Baltimore next week with the hope of finally enacting new standards for bishop accountability.