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US Catholic bishops’ response to McCarrick report is sad but predictable

By Thomas Reese — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — At their fall meeting, the American Catholic bishops failed to communicate that they understood the startling report’s implications.

Catholic bishops broadcast mixed messages about Biden’s victory

By Jack Jenkins — November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The head of the U.S. bishops conference has taken a more cautious tone over time despite initially congratulating the president-elect on his victory.

Election checklist: Five ways Catholic parishes can keep politics out of church

By Thomas Reese — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — Most Catholics don’t want politics to divide their parishes, but the wise pastor will prepare for the worst.

Catholics should vote for Biden, says former bishops’ conference official

By Thomas Reese — September 17, 2020

(RNS) — Carr also reports that divisions among the bishops in 2019 kept them from updating their voter guide to reflect current issues and the teachings of Pope Francis.

Trump or Biden? What’s a Catholic voter to do?

By Thomas Reese — August 27, 2020

(RNS) — In order to be totally in line with Catholic social teachings, you would have to be a pro-life liberal Democrat. These unicorns have a hard time winning elections.

Catholic bishops reprimand Trump as often as they praise him

By Thomas Reese — August 4, 2020

(RNS) — The country’s bishops take social justice issues more seriously than the president does, a fact that’s often overshadowed in the media by attacks on Biden for his positions on abortion.

American Catholics, meet the Communion service

By Thomas Reese — May 14, 2020

(RNS) — The coronavirus may force American Catholics to experience what liturgical life is like in the Amazon, where there are few priests and many faithful.

Celebrating Mass safely — but pastorally — during a pandemic

By Thomas Reese — May 8, 2020

(RNS) — American Catholic bishops have received two sets of recommendations on how to proceed once churches begin to meet again. Either way, they should go slow.

Abortion preeminent issue, global warming not urgent, say bishops

By Thomas Reese — November 13, 2019

(RNS) — Breaking with tradition, the meeting did not include a report on the recently concluded Amazon synod. 

Hispanic immigrant in line to lead US Catholic bishops

By David Crary — November 11, 2019

(AP) — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops’ national conference.

New cardinals: The men are the message

By Thomas Reese — September 12, 2019

(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.

Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, and the normalization of violence

By Thomas Reese — August 4, 2019

(RNS) — Others may soon respond to mass shootings by ignoring it. No matter how horrible something is, if it is repeated time and time again, we get accustomed to it.

US Catholic bishops adopt process for reviewing misconduct of bishops

By Thomas Reese — June 14, 2019

(RNS) — The USCCB has established a process for investigating allegations of misconduct by bishops — but lay groups say the key will be lay involvement and transparency in its implementation.

Catholic bishops stop short of mandating lay involvement in abuse investigations

By Jack Jenkins — June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE (RNS) — Some prelates at the USCCB’s spring meeting, however, made clear that they support lay involvement regardless.

Catholic bishops finally tackle the sex abuse cover-up. Now comes the hard part.

By Paul O'Donnell — June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE (RNS) — The reforms the Catholic bishops passed this week to deal with the sexual abuse crisis were easy compared with changing the culture of clerical privilege that is at the heart of the abuse crisis.

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