Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Latest Appointments during the USCCB General Assembly - Summary with FULL Video - Archbishop Lori says "...all bishops should spend at least an hour a day in prayer and commit to regular fasting and penance."


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for the 1st time virtually for the 2020 Fall General Assembly on November 16-17. The public portion of the assembly began with an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The bishops will also heard from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles as he gave his first address as USCCB president. Changes were made in the schedule in order to accommodate a discussion by the bishops on the Holy See’s report on Theodore McCarrick. Additionally, the bishops  heard a report from the National Review Board which advises the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People on matters of child and youth protection, specifically on policies and practices. The meeting agenda included dialogue by the bishops on a pastoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a pastoral response to racism. 
Here are the Latest Elected Appointments from the USCCB: 
Bishop Thomas Daly,  of the Diocese of Spokane,
 has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Catholic Education. 
Bishop Robert Reed,  of the Archdiocese of Boston,  has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Communications. 
Bishop James S. Wall, of Gallup, has been elected as chairman-elect to the Committee on National Collections. 
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore,  has been elected as chairman-elect to the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Bishop Daniel Flores,  of the Diocese of Brownsville,  has been elected as chairman-elect to the Committee on Doctrine.
Bishop Arturo Cepeda, of the Archdiocese of Detroit,  has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. 
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Cardinal Dolan, of the Archdiocese of New York, has been elected to the Committee for Religious Liberty and will assume the post of chairman immediately upon conclusion of the meeting. 
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Military Archdiocese
 has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Priorities and Plans.
Msgr. Jefferey Burrill has been elected as the next USCCB General Secretary. 
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Summary of Assembly:
According to the USCCB 254 (98%) voted "yes" to approve the agenda. 

Archbishop Gomez recognized the bishops who have passed away since the last bishops meeting. "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen" 


Msgr. Brian Bransfield, who is the outgoing General Secretary, went over a few housekeeping items for bishops to speak on the floor. 

 "At the core of Christian faith, witnessed in the lives of many saints, including that of Mother Teresa, is our response of love toward the least of our brothers and sisters," said +Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre.  "As bishops, we have a special responsibility to lead by example, demonstrating what it means to be a neighbor." +Pierre
On the McCarrick report, Archbishop Gomez said, "We apologize for those who commit individually and collectively."
Bishop Michael Olson, said the bishops need to be accountable to the faithful and answer questions that this report raises.
Archbishop Lori, reiterated that all bishops should spend at least an hour a day in prayer and commit to regular fasting and penance.

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