Statement from the National Review Board Calls for Lay Leadership Amid Sexual Abuse Crisis

WASHINGTON—The National Review Board (NRB) has issued the following in response to the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and recent allegations against Archbishop McCarrick. In the statement, the NRB calls for a lay-lead investigation into all allegations of sexual misconduct within the Church as well as strengthening the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Established in 2002, the purpose of the National Review Board is to work collaboratively with the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People in preventing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the...

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Renews Commitment for Greater Effectiveness and Transparency in Disciplining Bishops

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued the following statement. Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: “In communion with the Holy Father, I join the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in taking upon ourselves his exhortation, ‘this open wound challenges us to be firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice.’ “On August 1st, I promised that USCCB would exercise the full extent of its authority, and would advocate before those with greater authority, to pursue the many...

World Youth Day Cross Now on Historic Tour of U.S.

WASHINGTON—To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first and only World Youth Day (WYD) in the United States (in Denver, Colorado, in August 1993), the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon will make a five-city tour across the United States in August 2018. From August 19 to 27, the WYD symbols are making stops in Chicago (Aug 19-21), Miami (Aug 21-23), Houston (Aug 23-24), Washington DC (Aug 24-25), and Los Angeles (Aug 26-27). Each of the five locations will feature special events and liturgical celebrations in commemoration of this historic journey. After leaving the United States, the...

President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Response to Pope Francis’s Letter to the People of God

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis’s Letter to the People of God, issued earlier today. In his letter addressed to the whole People of God, the Pope calls on the Church to join in acts of prayer and fasting in “combatting all forms of abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience.” Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: “I am grateful to the Holy Father for his Letter to the People of God, responding to the Pennsylvania Grand...

USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace Chairman Issues Statement Following Visit to Nicaragua; Commits to Walking with the Bishops of Nicaragua “in the Service of Truth”

WASHINGTON— Following a visit to Nicaragua last week, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement today conveying the Church in America’s support for the Nicaraguan bishops’ efforts to work for peace and justice in Nicaragua. In his statement, Archbishop Broglio of the Military Services, USA said, “I see the commitment of your bishops as a sign of God’s love” and that the U.S. bishops with the bishops of Nicaragua “walk in the service of truth, of the poor, and of peace.” Archbishop Broglio’s full statement follows: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/latin-america-caribbean/nicaragua/statement-by-archbishop-broglio-on-visit-to-nicaragua-2018-08-17.cfm...

President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Announces Effort That Will Involve Laity, Experts, and the Vatican as U.S. Bishops Resolve to Address “Moral Catastrophe”

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along with initial steps of a plan that will involve laity, experts, and the Vatican. A more developed plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November. Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: “Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Two weeks ago, I shared with...