Pope Accepts Bishop Balke's Resignation As Bishop of Crookston; Names Msgr. Michael Hoeppner From Winona As Successor
September 28, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Victor Balke from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, and named Msgr. Michael J. Hoeppner, vicar general of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota, to succeed him.
USCCB Migration Chairman Expresses Concern About Direction and Tone of National Immigration Debate
September 27, 2007
In a statement released September 27, Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino, CA, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, expressed concern about the direction and tone of the national debate on immigration.
Respect Life Sunday Statement: "We Need Truth" Says Cardinal Rigali
September 25, 2007
In a statement marking Respect Life Sunday, celebrated in Catholic parishes in the United States this year on October 7, Cardinal Justin Rigali noted widespread confusion on life issues – from embryonic stem cell research and partial-birth abortion to euthanasia by starvation – and called upon Catholics and all people of good will to "witness to the truth about the incomparable dignity and right to life of every human being."
U. S Bishops urge congress to make changes to "Material Support" statute affecting refugee and asylum seekers
September 20, 2007
In congressional testimony September 19, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged members of Congress to correct the unintended consequences of recent changes in immigration law language relating to the issue of "material support."
U.S. Bishops Urge Elected Officials To Support DREAM Act, Affirm It Is The Right And Moral Thing To Do
September 19, 2007
In a statement delivered September 19 at the National Press Club Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida, called elected officials to "resist the voices of dissension and fear this time and vote for the DREAM Act."
Down the Road – Upcoming Calendar
September 18, 2007
Vatican Affirms Church Teaching On Nutrition And Hydration For Individuals In 'Vegetative State'
September 14, 2007
In response to a request by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reaffirmed the Catholic Church's teaching on providing nutrition and hydration to patients in a persistent "vegetative state."
U.S. Bishops Make A Call To Halt Human Trafficking, Urge Congress To Reauthorize Trafficking Victims Protection Act (07-145)
September 13, 2007
In a statement released September 12, Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino, California, and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, urged the government, the general public and Catholics, specifically, to work together to end the practice of human trafficking.
Bishops Concerned Over Death Threats Against Peruvian Bishop (07-144)
September 13, 2007
The U.S. bishops voiced concern over death threats against a Peruvian bishop who is a native of Chicago in a Sept. 11 letter to Most Rev. Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, O.F.M., Archbishop of Trujillo, president of the Episcopal Conference of Peru
Kathy Saile Named USCCB Domestic Policy Director (07-142)
September 13, 2007
Kathy Saile, a church advocate with a decade of experience in Catholic social ministry and Washington policy work, has been named Director of Domestic Policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
U.S Bishops Implore Government To Increase Aid, Resettlement Opportunities For Iraqi Refugees (07-141)
September 12, 2007
In a report released September 10, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged the U.S. government to increase assistance and resettlement opportunities for refugees escaping violence in Iraq.
USCCB Official Commends Senate Vote Against Involvement In Coercive Abortion Programs; Decries Gutting Of Mexico City Policy (07-140)
September 7, 2007
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Deirdre McQuade, praised the Senate's vote last night to maintain the longstanding federal law against any involvement in coercive abortion programs overseas.
Catholic Church Leaders Urge Senate To Increase Funding For Development, Humanitarian Needs Abroad (07-139)
September 06, 2007
The U.S. Senate must offer "active support for essential funding for urgent humanitarian and development activities" for the most vulnerable people around the world, said Bishop Thomas Wenski, chair of the bishops' International Policy Committee, and Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services, the bishops overseas relief organization.