SPECIAL TO THE MESSAGE
WASHINGTON — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will gather in Baltimore for the June 11-14 USCCB Spring General Assembly.
The bishops will discuss and vote on bishop-accountability measures to respond to the abuse crisis, will also hear reports from the National Advisory Council and an annual progress report by the National Review Board.
The bishops will also discuss and vote on the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (2nd edition); and on the final approval of revisions made to the second typical edition of the ICEL Gray Book of the Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests, and of Deacons.
The assembly will also discuss and vote on the revised language regarding the death penalty for the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults and subsequent recognition from Rome. The bishops will also hear a report on the Committee on Priorities and Plans regarding the Strategic Priorities of the Conference for the development of the 2021-2024 USCCB Strategic Plan.
They will also hear reports from Bishop Robert E. Barron, Chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; a report on the Bishops Working Group on Immigration Issues; and an update from the Bishops’ Working Group on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
There will also be a voice vote on the cause for canonization of the Servant of God Irving (a.k.a. Francis) C. Houle.
Public sessions of the general assembly discussions and votes will be available via livestreams at: www.usccb.org/live.