Bishops’ Meeting Round Up
• The bishops allocated one million dollars toward full
funding of a special “causes and context study” to
discover contributing factors to the US clergy sex abuse crisis.
They apparently agreed with Cleveland Bishop Anthony Pilla who
said the Bishops “must leave the meeting with the clear message
that we continue the concern about the protection of safety of
A proposed decision to omit the much loved “Christ has died,
Christ is risen, Christ will come again” acclamation was
placed on hold until new sacramentary translations become available.
These are not expected to be available for two or three years because
of vigorous objections by English speaking bishops over “archaic
language” in early drafts sticking close to the Latin because
of Liturgiam Authenticam guidelines.
A statement about the value of Catholic schools was approved even
as Detroit and other dioceses are closing inner city schools.
A proposed increase in the budget of the USCCB (the first increase
in four years) was voted down, probably because so many dioceses
are struggling to deal with the financial fallout from past failures
to remove sexually abusive priests.
The renewed charter and norms for clergy sex abuse kept zero tolerance
amidst a somewhat impassioned discussion of low priestly morale.
A new priestly formation document was approved but omitted any guidelines about homosexual candidates for the priesthood.
The bishops wanted to wait until the Vatican issues a
statement expected to be released soon.
Issued a new statement on evangelization but rejected one amendment
from Bishop McHugh to use inclusive language, and
another amendment from Bishop Sklba to incorporate contemporary biblical scholarship. (sigh).