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Cardinal Dolan Says Separating Abortion from Title X Family Planning Program is “Greatly Needed” and “Deeply Appreciated”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, made the following statement in response to the news that the Trump Administration intends to separate abortion from the Title X family planning program:

"The news that the Trump Administration will be issuing new regulations to separate abortion from the federal Title X family planning program is greatly needed and deeply appreciated. Abortion always takes the life of a child and often harms the mother, her surviving children, and other family and friends as well. Most Americans recognize that abortion is distinct from family planning and has no place in a taxpayer-funded family planning program. For too long, Title X has been used to subsidize the abortion industry. We need to draw a bright line between what happens before a pregnancy begins and what happens after a child has been created. We will provide more detailed comments during the anticipated comment period and urge other Americans who want to draw that bright line between abortion and family planning to do the same."

Title X is a family planning program, designed to provide low-income women with pre-pregnancy services. In its original design, and reflected in current law, there is a specific prohibition on abortion-related activities. However, in the years since the program's creation in 1970, it has been interpreted to require grantees to refer for abortion, thus both overtly excluding health centers who object to such referrals from applying for Title X grants and also ensuring a direct link between family planning services and the promotion of abortion. This link is exemplified by the alarming number of Title X recipients that also provide and promote abortion.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, President Trump, pro-life, federal funding, abortion, Title X, pregnancy, family planning, women's health, comprehensive care

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President of U.S. Bishops Conference Responds to Santa Fe High School Shooting

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe,Texas:

"Our community and our local church joins an ever-growing list of those impacted by the evil of gun violence. I extend my heartfelt prayers, along with my brother bishops, for all of those who have died, their families and friends, those who were injured, and for our local community. Sadly, I must yet again point out the obvious brokenness in our culture and society, such that children who went to school this morning to learn and teachers who went to inspire them will not come home. We as a nation must, here and now, say definitively: no more death! Our Lord is the Lord of life. May He be with us in our sorrow and show us how to honor the precious gift of life and live in peace."

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, gun violence, Santa Fe High School, prayers


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2018 Primary Election Results

Pennsylvania’s Primary Election was held on Tuesday, May 15, effectively setting the stage for candidates who won their party’s nod to face off against each other in the general election this November. The unofficial results of all races across Pennsylvania can be found on the state’s election returns website. You can search for results by county by clicking on the map or by choosing the title of the office. The following statewide candidates will be running against each other in the general election: GOVERNOR Democrat – Governor Tom Wolf Republican – Senator Scott Wagner   LT. GOVERNOR Democrat – John Fetterman Republican – Jeff Bartos   U.S. SENATOR Democrat – Senator Bob Casey Republican – Congressman Lou Barletta A number of congressional races in Pennsylvania are anticipated to be closely watched as a result of redrawn congressional maps. Primary election results of those races, as well as all state House and Senate races, can also be found at electionreturns.pa.gov. While the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference neither supports nor opposes any candidate for public office, it does aim to educate and inform Catholics of a candidate’s position on a wide range of issues relative to human dignity, employment, education, housing, health care and more.            

Chair of USCCB International Committee Says “Violence is Not the Answer” to Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON—In response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, stated the following:

"The violence in Gaza that has led to the deaths of 60 Palestinians and injuries of more than 2,000 is deeply troubling. Recognizing Israel's right to self-defense, it is difficult to justify the death of protestors.

The protests by Palestinians are fueled by desperation due to the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. I pray for all those who have been killed or injured and for their families who are suffering.

I join with Pope Francis who on Easter prayed, 'We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenseless.'

Prospects are dimming for a two-state solution in which a viable and independent Palestine exists in peace with a secure Israel, with Jerusalem as a shared capital. Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem was a provocative and unhelpful step in the pursuit of peace.

Understanding that violence is not the answer, I join with all people of good will in praying for a peaceful resolution to this long-standing conflict."

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Israel, Palestine, West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, peace, Pope Francis

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Executive Changes at the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

There will be a shift at the helm of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference beginning June 1, 2018. Eric A. Failing, PCC’s current social concerns director, will assume the role upon the retirement of Robert J. O’Hara, Jr. after his 21 years as executive director. Prior to joining the PCC staff as social concerns director, Failing was vice president of sales, marketing and development for Pennsylvania Legislative Services. In his year since joining the PCC team, he has spearheaded efforts to pass bills that would ban the practice of abortion for a Down syndrome diagnosis in the womb, expand services to the poor, address the crisis of drug addiction, and other issues. When he announced his plans to retire in March, O’Hara told CatholicPhilly.com that he counts programs that benefit Catholic school families, namely expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC), among his proudest accomplishments.  He has also worked tirelessly to promote social concerns, access to health care for the poor, pro-life issues and the ability of religious organizations to operate according to their beliefs without government interference. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference was established in 1960 to give witness to spiritual values in public affairs and to provide an agency for corporate Catholic service to the statewide community. It serves as the public affairs agency of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops and the Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to formulate positions on public policy issues, officially represent the Church before state government, and to foster a public understanding of the Church’s teaching and concern about morality, health, welfare, human rights, education and the common good. The PCC gets involved with a wide variety of issues that span across the political spectrum. Visit www.pacatholic.org for the latest news and legislative updates, to lend your voice to advancing the Church’s position in the State Capitol through the PA Catholic Advocacy Network. Congratulations, Eric Failing, on your new job, and Bob O’Hara upon your retirement. Godspeed to you both!

Dominic Lombardi Named as Executive Director of Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON— Dominic Lombardi has been appointed as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Based in Washington, D.C., the secretariat assists the bishops in advancing the vocation and mission of the lay faithful, married couples, families, lay ecclesial ministers, and young people.   

Monsignor Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment, which will take effect June 11, 2018.

"Dominic brings a wealth of academic knowledge and lived experience in the realms of family life, youth ministry, personal formation, and Church teaching to the Conference" said Msgr. Brian Bransfield. "In his work, he has accompanied the faithful on both an individual basis and as families. I am grateful for his acceptance of this important role in service to the bishops and the Conference."

Since July 2015, Mr. Lombardi has served as Secretary and Director for the Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From 2012-2017, he has also served as the Director for Adult and Graduate Recruitment, Services, and Partnerships for Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. He has previously worked as the Director of the Office for Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as the Associate Director of Adult Religious Education in the Diocese of Camden, and was Director of Adult Religious Formation in the Archdiocese of Washington.

He has taught theology at several universities since 1994 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Mr. Lombardi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1980. He earned his Master of Arts in Moral Theology from Saint Charles Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1990 and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Washington, D.C., in 1994. He is married and has six children.  

For more information on the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, please visit: http://www.usccb.org/about/laity-marriage-family-life-and-youth/index.cfm.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Dominic Lombardi, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Monsignor Brian Bransfield, lay faithful, marriage, family life, youth  

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U.S. Bishops to Discuss Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care and Hear Update on National V Encuentro at June General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, June 13-14

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the assembly, the full body of bishops will address a variety of topics including ethical and religious directives for Catholic healthcare services, a pastoral response to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the US, and the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland, chairman of the USCCB's Cultural Diversity Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs, will offer the bishops an update on the V Encuentro, as dioceses conclude their regional Encuentro meetings and prepare to attend the national event, September 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas. Thus far, the V Encuentro process has engaged hundreds of thousands of Latino Catholics during local and regionally held Encuentro events across the U.S. Approximately 3000 diocesan delegates are expected to represent them at the National V Encuentro gathering.

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Cultural Diversity's African American Affairs Chair and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, is also expected to provide a brief update to the General Assembly on the Pastoral Letter on Racism and report on the activities of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.  

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration will offer an update on the Share the Journey Campaign and its implementation in the United States.

Bishop Robert J. McManus, Chairman of the Committee on Doctrine's Subcommittee on Health Care, will discuss proposed revisions to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services regarding collaboration with non-Catholic entities in the provision of health care services.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, will give a brief update on activities of the Committee, including the committee's promotion of Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week.   

Items for discussion and votes will include proposed revisions for the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and a discussion and vote on the statement Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters.

Discussion and votes will also be proposed regarding new translations of various components of the Liturgy of the Hours including certain antiphons and intercessions. This will be one of several votes due to occur for this project over the next few years. Translations of the Liturgy of the Hours Grail Psalms have already been approved for U.S. dioceses.    

Added discussion and votes will occur regarding supplementary materials for the Roman Missal and the Liturgy of the Hours for the feast days of Saints John Paul II, John XXIII, and Mary Magdalene.

A joint presentation will be made to the body of bishops on the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, taking place in October. They will also present on World Youth Day taking place January 2019.

Coverage of the meeting is open to credentialed media. Sessions open to the media will be Wednesday, June 13, and the morning of Thursday, June 14. Media conferences will follow open sessions of the meeting as time allows. Reporters seeking to cover the meeting can download a credential application form available in English and Spanish and submit it by June 6 to media-relations@usccb.org or mail to:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Office of Public Affairs
June Meeting Credentials
3211 4th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194


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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, June meeting, Spring General Assembly, USCCB, Fort Lauderdale, V Encuentro, Synod of Young People, the Faith and Vocations, Share the Journey, Bishop Nelson Pérez, Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop Robert J. McManus, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, media credentials, St. Pope John Paul II, St. Pope John XXIII, St. Mary Magdalene

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Pastoral Leaders of Young Adult Ministry from Across U.S. will Gather in D.C. for National Summit, May 15-17

WASHINGTON—The USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), in collaboration with its ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, will offer a National Young Adult Ministry Summit May 15-17, 2018, at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

Over 130 pastoral leaders in the field of young adult ministry will attend, representing 53 Catholic archdioceses and dioceses, and 26 national organizations, movements, and apostolates.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. of Philadelphia and Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, said, "During these months in anticipation of the global Synod on 'Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment,' it is essential that Catholic leaders gather together to discuss and advance the Church's work with young adults."

The Summit is an invitation-only gathering focused on peer conversation and networking around best practices and emerging models of ministry with young adults, especially in view of the Synod and the increasing number of religiously-disaffiliated young adults in their 20s and 30s.

The ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry was developed in 2016 to assist the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth with efforts related to serving the field of young adult ministry in the United States. The Summit has been organized by the National Advisory Team in their work to advance this mission.

The May 2018 gathering will also be live-streamed so that those unable to attend can still participate in plenary discussions and engage in an online dialogue. This digital opportunity is supported by the Catholic Apostolate Center, which is also providing generous financial support to the Summit.

For more information about the event or the live-streaming, contact the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at 202-541-3040 or email yam@usccb.org

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Young Adult Ministry Summit, Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Catholic Apostolate Center, Saint John Paul II National Shrine, young adults, dioceses, faith, vocations

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Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, steps down from Chair of Committee on Catholic Education amidst treatment for Leukemia; Bishop John M. Quinn of Winona to serve as Chair of the Committee

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Bishop John M. Quinn to serve as Chair of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education. The appointment was made following the resignation of Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, previous chair of the committee, after his diagnosis with a form of acute Leukemia.

"Our most heartfelt prayers are with Bishop Murry and his loved ones," Cardinal DiNardo said. "We ask all people of faith to join us in praying for his full recovery. I am grateful to Bishop Quinn for his dedication and commitment to now lead the work of the Committee on Catholic Education."

Bishop Quinn will serve as chair of the committee for the remainder of Bishop Murry's term. Bishop Quinn currently serves as a consultant member of the Committee on Catholic Education.  He has been a member of the Committee on Catholic Education since 2012 and served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service from 2012 to 2017.

John M. Quinn was born December 17, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. He was ordained a priest on March 17, 1972, an Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit on August 12, 2003, and Bishop of Winona-Rochester on December 11, 2008. Bishop Quinn holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; a Master of Divinity from St. John's Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; a master's degree in religious studies and master's degree in systematic theology from the University of Detroit/Mercy; and an honorary doctorate of education from Saint Mary's University in Winona.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Bishop George V. Murry S.J., John M. Quinn, Committee on Catholic Education

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Help Spread the Gospel Through the Catholic Communication Campaign, May 12-13

WASHINGTON—The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will be taken in many dioceses across the United States on the weekend of May 12-13. This annual national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ.

"Through the Holy Spirit we have the courage and wisdom to share the gospel message with our brothers and sisters here at home and around the world," said Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington, chairman of the Committee on Communications' Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. "Our call to spread the Gospel is answered through our support of this collection. By our generosity, people around the world have the resources to bring the presence of Christ to the margins."

Fifty percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local communications efforts. The other half is used to support national projects in the United States and in developing countries around the world.

For example, in Nigeria, in West Africa, the Diocese of Makurdi is home to nearly 1 million Catholics. They are often poor and live off the food they are able to farm. Despite these challenges, they worship in 70 parishes and 3,000 village churches across the diocese. But going to Mass is often difficult because they speak many different local languages and do not always understand the language spoken. With the support of a CCC grant, the diocese has bridged these language barriers by recording liturgical music and the Psalms in local languages by local choirs. Now people can go to Mass and understand what is being sung and join fully in the liturgy.

The Subcommittee oversees the collection and an annual grants program as part of the USCCB Committee on Communications. Shareable resources for the collection are available online. More information about the Catholic Communication Campaign can be found at www.usccb.org/ccc.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Collection, Bishop Joseph J. Tyson, Committee on Communications, Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign, Gospel, charity, media, internet, print

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