WASHINGTON – Pope Francis used his June 3 audience and a phone call with the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to express his solidarity and support following days of demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Un nuevo sistema para denunciar alegatos de conducta sexual inapropiada por parte de obispos de los Estados Unidos es un paso adelante hacia la restauración de la confianza en la Iglesia, expresó la mujer laica encargada de la supervisión del sistema en el Estado de Washington.
A new system for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct by U.S. bishops is a step toward rebuilding trust in the church, said the laywoman charged with providing oversight of the system in Washington state.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has canceled the U.S. bishops’ spring general assembly that was planned for June 10–12 in Detroit.
WASHINGTON – Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has invited U.S. Catholics to join him on Good Friday, April 10, to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart at 9 a.m. (PDT).
A reporting system accepting sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. bishops is in place.
I write these words from the Eternal City of Rome, whither I’ve come with my brother bishops from Region 11 (California, Nevada and Hawaii) for our ad limina visit. This is a regular and canonically required trip to pray at the limina apostolorum (the threshold of the apostles), the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul, and to meet with the successor of Peter. Yesterday (January 27) was the first official day of the pilgrimage, and it was extraordinary indeed. We gathered early in the morning for Mass in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica, in the presence of the tomb of the Galilean fisherman to whom Jesus gave the keys of kingdom of heaven. And then, just about a half-hour later, we were ushered into the Apostolic Palace, and after traversing a number of elaborately decorated corridors and receiving a few salutes from Swiss Guards (I’ll confess that I rather like the salutes!), we lined up to meet the pope.