USCCB

Bishop disturbed by calls to end resettlement of Syrian refugees in U.S.

Syrian refugees waited on the Syrian side of the border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, June 10. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, says the United States should welcome Syrian refugees and work for peace.

BALTIMORE -- The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration said he was disturbed by calls from federal and state officials for an end to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.

"These refugees are fleeing terror themselves -- violence like we have witnessed in Paris," said Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the migration committee. "They are extremely vulnerable families, women, and children who are fleeing for their lives. We cannot and should not blame them for the actions of a terrorist organization."

At USCCB General Assembly, pornography, politics statements take center stage

Bishops laughed while watching a video presentation about World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, at the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 17.

BALTIMORE -- The U.S. bishops approved a formal statement on pornography and additions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility at their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore.

The votes were made during the public portion of the meeting, which ran Nov. 16-17. The bishops met in executive session Nov. 18-19.

Bishops, in draft statement, call pornography 'mortal sin'

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, La., listened to a speaker Nov. 16 during the opening of the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

WASHINGTON -- A draft statement on pornography to be considered for approval by the U.S. bishops at their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore calls pornography "mortal sin" and urges Catholics to turn away from it.

"Producing or using pornography is a mortal sin that needs to be confessed in order for the person to receive God's forgiveness," says the draft version of "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography." "Those who produce and distribute pornography harm the common good by encouraging and even causing others to sin," it says.

Paris violence won't alter Church outreach to refugees, USCCB head says

BALTIMORE -- Church resettlement programs in the United States will continue to aid refugees who are fleeing violence and social ills despite calls that the country's borders should be closed to anyone but Christians.

The Church's response is focused on people in need of food, shelter and safety and not their particular faith, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,told reporters Nov. 16 during a midday break at the bishops' annual fall general assembly.

USCCB General Assembly: Abp. Kurtz calls for 'pastor's presence,' fight for freedoms

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gave his address Nov. 16 during the bishops 2015 fall general assembly in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE -- In the face of "the heartbreaking crises and challenges in our world," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., called on his fellow bishops Nov. 16 to imitate the "pastor's presence" exhibited by Pope Francis during his recent U.S. visit, "touching the hearts of the most influential, the forgotten and all of us in between."

The talk by the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened the annual USCCB fall general assembly in Baltimore, which was to include discussion of political responsibility, religious freedom, pornography and other topics.

Archbishop Cordileone: Responding to same-sex marriage must be done with “truth and compassion”

As the institution of marriage faces unprecedented challenges, the Catholic Church continues to promote and defend marriage as being between one man and one woman, said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

As chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Cordileone gave bishops at the Spring General Assembly an update prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.

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