WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 1, 2015)—Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú welcomed new initiatives in Congress that respond to Pope Francis’ call during his visit to the United States to care for our common home “and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.”
News Release (USCCB): USCCB Committee Chairs Welcome Congressional Initiatives Responding to Pope Francis’ Call to Care for Creation
News release: Minnesotans gather to discuss local, national response to Pope Francis ecology encyclical
Faith leaders, others discuss ways to nurture ‘ecological conversion’ in churches, homes, and the broader Minnesota community
St. Paul, Minn. (September 9, 2015)—Today more than 350 Minnesotans, including faith, political, and community leaders, gathered for the event “Natural and Human Ecology: a panel discussion on Laudato Si’” at the University of St. Thomas. The event was developed by the Minnesota Catholic Conference in response to the continued conversation about Pope Francis’s encylical, Laudato Si’, released earlier this summer. Event participants discussed ecology and environmental concerns from a range of perspectives, highlighted the inter-connectedness in matters of social and human concern, and reviewed the U.S. bishops’ support of certain federal policies designed to protect our natural resources environmental legislation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 4, 2015)—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted comments on September 4 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The comments relate to a Proposed Rule to incorporate end-of-life decision making or “Advance Care Planning” into the Medicare program.
News Release (USCCB): USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman, President of Catholic Charities USA Urge Fair and Just Minimum Wage in Letter to Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015)—Congress can promote the common good and contribute to a more just society by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, Ph.D., in a letter to Congress, July 27.
News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried by Pope Francis
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015)—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.
USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference
(June 26, 2015)
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
News Release (USCCB): Archbishop Wenski Urges Congress to Answer Pope Francis’ Call to Protect Creation and Support Implementation of a National Carbon Standard
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2015)—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged Congress to answer Pope Francis’ call to protect creation and oppose legislation and appropriation riders that would reverse efforts to develop a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.
USCCB: On World Refugee Day, USCCB Migration Chairman calls upon United States to Protect Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and Displaced
Humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored
Religious minorities at risk
The United States must take leadership
June 22, 2015
WASHINGTON—In comments made in conjunction with World Refugee Day, observed June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon U.S. officials to do more to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East stemming from conflict in Syria and Iraq.
Minneapolis, Minn. (June 18, 2015) – The Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and Dakotas, the Islamic Center of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Rabbinical Association issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s murders in Charleston, S.C.: Read More…
June 18, 2015
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’, June 18.
Full text of Archbishop Kurtz’s statement follows:
Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si’
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops