Wednesday, September 22, 2021



U.S. Bishops Condemn Abortion Funding in House-Passed Spending Bill

Leading U.S. bishops opposed last week the House passage of appropriations bills that fund abortions and exclude some existing conscience protections in health care.

PCC Commends Senate for Passage of Human Trafficking Bills

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference commended members of the Pennsylvania Senate for the passage of three bills on June 25, designed to fight human trafficking. The PCC supports these measures in its on-going efforts to tackle the problem.

U.S. Bishops Approve Drafting of Eucharist Document

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week voted to move forward on a draft of a teaching document on the Eucharist.

Bishop Rhoades: ‘There’s a Great Need to Better Understand Eucharist’s Centrality’

In the months leading up to the U.S. Bishops’ spring general assembly held June 16-18, headlines in both secular and Catholic media focused primarily on one issue: the potential of a document on Eucharistic consistency and what that would mean in the political sphere.

‘Eucharistic Revival’ to Begin in 2022: ‘We Want to Start a Fire, Not a Program’

The bishops of the United States discussed on June 18 a program of “Eucharistic Revival” which will aim to foster deeper devotion and knowledge about the Eucharist nationwide beginning next summer.

U.S. Bishops Approve Action Items on Their Agenda at Spring Meeting

The Catholic bishops of the U.S. met for their Spring General Assembly, June 16-18 in a virtual format. Their meeting agenda included votes on nine action items.

Supreme Court Sides Unanimously with Catholic Social Services in Religious Freedom Case

The Supreme Court decided unanimously on June 17 in favor of Catholic Social Services in its lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia, ruling that the city violated the group’s free exercise of religion.

Biden Eliminates Hyde Amendment from 2022 Budget Request

President Joe Biden did not include a 45 year-old pro-life policy in his final budget request to Congress on May 28 for the 2022 fiscal year, thus allowing for funding of abortions.

U.S. Bishops Respond to President Biden’s Orders and Proclamations on Abortion, Sex Discrimination, Immigration and Climate Change

Amid a number of executive orders and proclamations during his first days in office, President Joe Biden made changes to immigration policy, re-joined the United States to the Paris Agreement, and praised the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade in marking the 48th anniversary of the landmark decision to legalize abortion.

U.S. Bishops Release Statement on Biden Inauguration, Express Hope in Working with New President

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon, after President Joe Biden’s inauguration. “Our commitments on issues of human sexuality and the family, as with our commitments in every other area — such as abolishing the death penalty or seeking a health care system and economy that truly serves the human person — are guided by Christ’s great commandment to love and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the most vulnerable,” Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in the statement.

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