The Catholic bishops of the United States return home to the Archdiocese of Baltimore once again next week for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) fall general assembly. We are always proud to welcome them each November to the diocese where the Catholic Church in the United States began. We are especially mindful of our important role in the history of our Church in this year in which we mark the 200th anniversary of the death of John Carroll, the first Bishop to lead our local Church and the Church in the United States.
Among the issues to be discussed includes the proposed USCCB strategic priorities for 2017-2020; revisions to our quadrennial statement on political responsibility; a proposed pastoral response to pornography; the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy; World Youth Day; diocesan Project Rachel post-abortion healing; increasing the number of Catholic priests ministering to Catholics in the Armed Forces; how Catholic Relief Services programming is responding to the Pope’s encyclical on ecology; Religious Liberty; the Church in Latin America, and Marriage and Family Life ministry.
We will also be voting for USCCB treasurer-elect and the chairmen-elect of six USCCB committees as well as participating in the canonical consultation of three causes for canonization.
Pray for me and for my brother bishops as we engage in these important discussions for the good of the people of God we are so blessed to serve.