WASHINGTON (November 18, 1998) -- "Catholic Bishops, Public Church," a half hour news summary of the activities of the 1998 November meeting of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, can be seen on the Odyssey cable Saturday, Nov. 21, from 5:30-6:00 p.m. ET.
Anchored by journalist Elizabeth Parker, the program will cover the highlights of the bishops' November 16-19 meeting where the churchmen discussed the statements "Everyday Christianity: The Lay Vocation to Hunger and Thirst for Justice," "Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics," and "Welcome and Justice for People with Disabilities," and other agenda items.
"Catholic Bishops, Public Church" will also will examine the results of elections for President and Vice President of the bishops' twin conferences to three-year terms which begin immediately following the meeting. Among those interviewed are Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus of Dubuque, Bishop Joseph L. Imesch of Joliet (Ill.), Bishop David E. Felhauer of Victoria (Texas), Bishop William L. Skylstad of Spokane, and the newly elected Vice President of the bishops' conference, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, (Ill).
The program will also touch on other items on the bishops' agenda including guidelines for diocesan vocation offices, liturgical matters, implementation of the Code of Canon Law, and restructuring of their national conference.
"Catholic Bishops, Public Church" is a production of the U.S. bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign. Paulist Father John Geaney is the producer; Gonzalo Accame is the director and Terry Georgia is coordinating producer.
The 24-hour Odyssey Channel is available to more than 30 million U.S. homes through 1,500 cable systems, the Primestar DBS satellite service (channel 84) and C-band dish owners. "Catholic Bishops, Public Church" will also be available to Catholic dioceses nationwide for local broadcasts and group viewing.