AS U.S. BISHOPS RETREAT . . . (January 2019)

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Bishops say retreat was inspiring, Spirit-filled. READ the CNS story in Crux HERE

Retreat preaching was back to basic, NCR reports, providing a link to the texts. BEGIN reading HERE

AUSCP offers prayer and fasting,
asks that the bishops listen to them.
CLICK HERE for the AUSCP news release

Pope Francis takes U.S. bishops to task: READ the NCR report

Protestors arrive outside the site of the U.S. bishops’ retreat. Read the story HERE in the Chicago Tribune.

Michael Sean Winters fears for the future of the Church in the United States. READ his column HERE

Head of BishopAccountability sends “to do” list to Cardinal Cupich. READ the NCR article HERE • To read the text of the letter, CLICK HERE

Why are the bishops praying about the sex abuse crisis instead of doing something? HERE is an answer

What the bishops are doing on retreat: WASHINGTON— Catholic bishops from across the United States will begin the new year taking part in a spiritual retreat for seven days at Mundelein Seminary January 2 to 8, 2019. Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., will direct the retreat under the theme of “He appointed Twelve, to be with Him and to Send Out to Preach” based on Mark 3:14. The retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer as the Church seeks to respond to the signs of the times.  

The structure of the retreat will emphasize quiet reflection, including silent meal times, and will offer daily Mass, time for personal and communal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, vespers, and an opportunity for confession. The next business meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is scheduled for June 2019. No ordinary business will be conducted at the January retreat. CLICK HERE for USCCB news release

Vatican begins McCarrick investigation: READ MORE HERE

America Magazine: Hold Bishops Accountable

Cardinal Cupich looks ahead to February meeting at the Vatican. READ the story from CRUX HERE

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A prayer for 2019:

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

— Romans 15:13 NSRV