- Feb 19, 2020
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. bishops’ quadrennial document that provides guidance to voters on Catholic social teaching during a presidential election year won’t change for 2020 but will be supplemented by a brief letter and four 90-second videos that reflect the teaching of Pope Francis.
As has been the case for years now, a small group of protesters dismissive of the U.S. bishops’ efforts to enact reforms in their handling of sexual abuse cases gather outside the Baltimore hotel where they conduct their general meeting.
During their June 11-13 meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops are looking at what the U.S. Church teaches its adult members about the death penalty and they will vote about adding a revised passage to the U.S. Catechism for Adults about this.
As the U.S. Catholic bishops gathered for a closely watched meeting with the hopes of enacting new standards for bishop accountability, debate over what role lay people could be involved in their oversight dominated day one of their gathering.
Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses.