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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Au...

WASHINGTON--TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee hasissued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abusescandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protectwith every bit of the strength God provides us."Turning to the Lord"Wheneach of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: 'Keepwatch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you toshepherd the Church of God.'We,the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame andsorrow. Some bishops, by their actionsor their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and theChurch as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate andsexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuineconcern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from boththe Lord a...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Au...

WASHINGTON--TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee hasissued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abusescandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protectwith every bit of the strength God provides us."Turning to the Lord"Wheneach of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: 'Keepwatch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you toshepherd the Church of God.'We,the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame andsorrow. Some bishops, by their actionsor their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and theChurch as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate andsexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuineconcern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from boththe Lord a...

Continue to be an evangelizing church, nuncio tells Encuentro delegates

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Norma Montenegro Flynn GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- Quoting from Pope Francis'apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel," Archbishop ChristophePierre encouraged Hispanic Catholic leaders and bishops to continue working toward being anevangelizing church by seeking an encounter with Christ and takinginitiative while accompanying those on the peripheries."The church which 'goes forth' is a community ofmissionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive,who bear fruit and rejoice," Archbishop Pierre, apostolic nuncio to theUnited States, said Sept. 20, the opening day of the Fifth National Encuentro. Nearly 3,000 ministry leaders at the gathering in Grapevine were selectedto represent 159 dioceses across the country.During the Sept. 20-23 event, participants were taking part in listeningand dialogue sessions to discuss a wide range of issues they consider to be prioritiesin Hispanic Catholic ministry for the church in the Unit...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Au...

WASHINGTON--TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee hasissued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abusescandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protectwith every bit of the strength God provides us."Turning to the Lord"Wheneach of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: 'Keepwatch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you toshepherd the Church of God.'We,the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame andsorrow. Some bishops, by their actionsor their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and theChurch as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate andsexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuineconcern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from boththe Lord a...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Au...

WASHINGTON--TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee hasissued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abusescandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protectwith every bit of the strength God provides us."Turning to the Lord"Wheneach of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: 'Keepwatch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you toshepherd the Church of God.'We,the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame andsorrow. Some bishops, by their actionsor their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and theChurch as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate andsexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuineconcern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from boththe Lord a...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Au...

WASHINGTON--TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee hasissued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abusescandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protectwith every bit of the strength God provides us."Turning to the Lord"Wheneach of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: 'Keepwatch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you toshepherd the Church of God.'We,the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame andsorrow. Some bishops, by their actionsor their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and theChurch as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate andsexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuineconcern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from boththe Lord a...

Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Norma Montenegro FlynnGRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- Avideo message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crossesrepresenting all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights duringthe first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept.20-23 in Grapevine.With hearts full of excitementand joy, about 3,000 Hispanic ministry leaders cheered as they welcomedrepresentatives for each of the 14 episcopal regions approaching the stage andcarrying the same crosses and colorful banners that accompanied theirgatherings during the multiyear process of discernment and consultation thatbegan at their parishes. The crosses were placed on the stage by the bishopswho served as chairs for each region.Pope Francis captivated theaudience with a video message that was received with a standing ovation."I see that the Fifth Encuentrois a concrete way for the church in the U.S. to respond to the challenge ofgoing beyond what is comforta...

Some cry 'scandal' to cover their own failings, pope says at Mass

By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While God's holy church is made up ofsinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry"scandal" to point out the failings of others and make themselvesappear pure, Pope Francis said at morning Mass."The devil doesn't have anything to do with repentantsinners because they look to God and say, 'Lord, I'm a sinner. Help me,' andthe devil is impotent," the pope said Sept. 20 during Mass in the Domus SanctaeMarthae."But with the hypocrites he is strong," PopeFrancis said. "He is strong, and he uses them to destroy, to destroypeople, destroy society, destroy the church."The devil's "battle horse is hypocrisy because he is aliar. He shows off as a powerful, handsome prince, but inside he's anassassin," the pope said, according to the Vatican newspaper, L'OsservatoreRomano.In his homily, Pope Francis looked at key figures discussedin both of the readings at the Mass: 1 Cor 15:1-11 and Lk 7:36-50.St. Paul, in the first reading, and the woman w...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Au...

WASHINGTON--TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee hasissued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abusescandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protectwith every bit of the strength God provides us."Turning to the Lord"Wheneach of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: 'Keepwatch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you toshepherd the Church of God.'We,the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame andsorrow. Some bishops, by their actionsor their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and theChurch as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate andsexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuineconcern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from boththe Lord a...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Au...

WASHINGTON--TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee hasissued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abusescandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protectwith every bit of the strength God provides us."Turning to the Lord"Wheneach of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: 'Keepwatch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you toshepherd the Church of God.'We,the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame andsorrow. Some bishops, by their actionsor their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and theChurch as a whole. They have used their authority and power to manipulate andsexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuineconcern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from boththe Lord a...

Thought of the Day

I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3

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