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U.S. Bishops’ Vote in Favor of Moving Forward on Third-Party System for Reporting Abuse Allegations Against Bishops

6/13/19

June 13, 2019 BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have taken three separate votes that will lead to the establishment of a third-party reporting system designed to receive confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops per Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi. The bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of each of…

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Approve in a Provisional Vote Strategic Priorities for the 2021-24 USCCB Strategic Plan. Bishops Also Approve the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Perm

6/12/19

June 12, 2019 BALTIMORE— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved several action items today at their Spring General Assembly taking place in Baltimore, June 11-13. The full body of bishops approved in a provisional vote of 213 to 8 with 4 abstentions the proposed, provisional Strategic Priorities for the 2021-24 USCCB Strategic Plan….

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President of U.S. Bishops Conference Appoints Three New Members of National Review Board for the Chapter for Protection of Children and Young People

6/11/19

June 11, 2019 BALTIMORE— Three new members have been appointed to serve on the National Review Board (NRB) by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The NRB advises the bishops’ committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, and the Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection…

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US Bishops To Meet June 11-14 In Baltimore; Assembly To Be Live Streamed, Carried Via Satellite; New Prevention Website launched

6/10/19

June 7, 2019 WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2019 Spring General Assembly in Baltimore, June 11-14. During the assembly, the bishops will discuss and vote on bishop accountability measures to respond to the abuse crisis and will also hear reports from the National Advisory Council and an…

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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Strongly Commends Trump Administration for Discontinuing Fetal Tissue Research at NIH

6/7/19

June 6, 2019 WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will discontinue research conducted within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) involving the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortion and it will ensure that efforts to develop ethical alternatives are funded and accelerated.  Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of…

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Ecumenical Prayer Service Held at St. Gregory the Great on June 4

6/5/19

Blue and white pinwheels spun in the flower beds in front of St. Gregory the Great as parishioners and guests gathered at the Virginia Beach parish for an ecumenical prayer service Tuesday night. Titled “A Time for Healing,” the service was held to honor the memory of the 12 men and women who lost their…

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Office of Vocations Announces Seminarians’ Parish Assignments

6/3/19

The Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Vocations has announced parish assignments for seminarians. Philip Decker and Tom Lawrence will continue their pastoral year assignments into August — the former at St. Joseph, Petersburg and the latter at St. Mary, Blacksburg. Dillon Bruce will begin his pastoral year assignment in June at St. Bridget, Richmond. It…

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Bishop Knestout Announces Clergy Assignments

6/3/19

The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, has announced the following appointments, effective Monday, July 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted:   Pastoral Center Administration Father Michael G. Boehling from Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar for Vocations to Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. Father Brian Capuano from Associate…

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Letter from Bishop Knestout to Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish

6/3/19

June 1, 2019 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Since Father Metzger’s leave of absence in December, I have received many letters and emails from the faithful who have communicated their support for Father Metzger and their concern for the complaints lodged against him. I have read your letters and emails delivered to my office….

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Domestic Justice Chairman Issues Statement Following Shooting in Virginia Beach

6/3/19

June 1,2019 WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting at the municipal building in Virginia Beach. The full statement follows: “This past Friday afternoon, an horrific act of gun violence took place at…

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