- U.S. Enters WWI.
- Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore sends letter to President
Woodrow Wilson expressing loyalty: "Our peoples now as ever, will rise as one
man to serve the nation."
National Catholic War Council (NCWC) founded to
organize Catholic war efforts and liaise with U.S. government. Paulist Fr. John
Burke chosen as its head.
- Bishops gather at the Catholic University of America results in creation of
National Catholic Welfare Council and a 14-part pastoral letter dealing with
both domestic issues and international relations for a post war world. The
structure and priorities of the NCWC's work were also planned. Overseas work of
the War Council continues.
- NCWC's Administrative committee publishes the Program of Social Reconstruction on
behalf of the body of bishops, a guide to address issues of social justice upon
which future international peace would likely depend.
NCWC News Service and Bureau of Immigration launched.
NCWC Dept. of Social Action under Fr. John Ryan
publishes The Church and Labor focusing
on 'temporal concerns' like education, wage and labor rights.
Because 'Council' has specific canonical meaning, name
changed to National Catholic Welfare Conference. The word
"Conference" replaced "Council" in the organization's
title, underlining the fact that it was consultative rather than legislative.
Bishops protest Mexican government's persecution of
Bishops' issue statements on Unemployment and Economic Crisis.
- Committee on Motion Pictures' Legion of Decency
campaign launched to oppose 'salacious motion pictures.'
- Statement Present Crisis reflects on the growing
international unrest and armament buildup in Europe.
Assembled bishops send communication to Spanish and
German hierarchies decrying religious persecution. Criticize communists for
denying liberty and religious expression. Warn of the growth of secularism.
Bishops warn against greed which sows discord and
threatens fragile peace in the world.
NCWC's Peace and
War addresses the Vatican attempts to keep the peace as well the modern war
machine that destroys whole nations, not only their armies.
U.S. enters WWII.
War Relief Services of the NCWC begins.
War relief continues through the 40s-50s and from it a
separate aid organization, Catholic Relief Services, begins organizing church
humanitarian efforts including the resettlement of refugees.
First guidelines for The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Facilities,
by the U.S. Catholic bishops.
Catholic Relief Services distributes more than $1
billion in relief supplies around the world.
Ongoing resettlement of refugees from Communist
Pastoral letter calls for an end to segregation
Pope Paul VI visits the United States.
National Conference of Catholic Bishops created
following recommendation from the Vatican Council and NCWC becomes the United
States Catholic Conference. Archbishop John Dearden the first president with
Bishop Joseph Bernardin its first general secretary.
National Advisory Council created to advise the
Update of the Ethical
and Religious Directives, declaring that a Catholic health facility has the
"responsibility to reflect in its policies and practices the moral
teachings of the Church."
First national Encuentro.
Following SCOTUS decision in Roe v. Wade, the NCCB/USCC
devised first Plan for Pro-Life Activities.
Creation of the Hispanic Affairs Secretariat and
Convocation for the Second Encuentro.
First pre-election statement on Political Responsibility
by the U.S. Bishops.
Second National Hispanic Pastoral Encuentro, apostolic
blessing sent from Pope Paul VI.
Pope John Paul II visits U.S.
Four U.S. nuns killed in El Salvador. President of the
USCC, Archbishop Joan Roach, statement to the governments of El Salvador and
the United States decrying the violence and bloody repression by Salvador's
military and paramilitary.
President Ronald Reagan became first US president to meet with
pro-life marchers during March for Life.
Pastoral Letter The
Challenge of Peace focused on threat of nuclear weapons.
- Full diplomatic relations established between U.S. and
- 100th Anniversary of the Third Council of Baltimore.
- Catholic Relief Services distributed $471 million in
relief aid to Africa.
- Third Encuentro.
Bishops release Economic
Justice for All stating social justice principles in the economy.
- Pope John Paul II visits U.S.
- Plan Pastoral Nacional del Ministerio Hispano created.
- NCCB/USCC headquarters move from downtown D.C. to
property near Catholic University.
- Six Jesuits killed in El Salvador. Statement by the
Catholic bishops' conference to key members of the Bush administration and the
Congress condemning the pattern of violent activity in El Salvador
- U.S. bishops approve statement on AIDS, Called to Compassion and Responsibility: A
Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis.
Ad hoc Committee On Mission and Structure examines
theological and canonical status of NCCB/USCC.
Observance of Fifth Centenary of the discovery and
evangelization in the Americas.
Pope John Paul II and U.S. Bishops celebrate World
Youth Day in Denver and the Great Jubilee of the Third Millennium of
English language Catechism
of the Catholic Church released.
- CTNA, the Catholic Television Network of America,
ceases operation after 14 years.
- Pope John Paul II visits the U.S. and addresses the
U.S. bishops urge United States to lead global movement
for a land-mine ban.
U.S. Supreme Court rules doctor-assisted suicide should
be decided at state level.
- Approval new Lectionary in English
- Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family Life issues Always Our Children for Catholic parents
of gay and lesbian children.
Pope John Paul II visits United States, U.S. Bishops
urge debt relief.
Holy Year, Encuentro 2000 celebrated.
- Consolidation of the NCCB and USCC into the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB),
- CRS raises millions to aid
Afghan refugees fleeing war. Updated Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities
- Charter for the
Protection of Children and Young People approved at bishops' meeting
prompted by high-visibility abuse cases and intense media scrutiny.
issues decree confirming U.S. sex abuse norms as law for all U.S. dioceses.
- National Review Board, lay group formed by the Bishops
in 2002, commissions John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York to study
every known allegation of clerical sexual abuse of minors in every U.S. diocese
and religious order since 1950.
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops registered its
opposition to a Food and Drug Administration proposal to permit
over-the-counter sales of certain emergency contraceptives.
- U.S. bishops met with representatives of the church in
Africa and discussed the growing needs of the church on that continent.
- Office of Child and Youth Protection and National
Review Board published the results of the first sex abuse and child protection
compliance audits in 191 dioceses across the country.
- U.S. bishops backed a federal constitutional amendment
to uphold the traditional definition of marriage.
Pope John Paul II dies, Benedict XVI his successor.
- The Compendium of
the Catechism of the Catholic Church is published in English and Spanish by
- US Cardinals, in Washington for Catholic University of
America fund-raising dinner, converge on White House and Capitol Hill to lobby
for humane immigration reform.
- Bishops approve reorganization of the conference's
committee structure. The current 36 standing committees and 16 ad hoc
committees reduced to 16 standing committees. The new committees, like the
current ones, will have only bishops as members. Five current management or
administrative committees will be reduced to four. Some of the current standing
or ad hoc committees become subcommittees.
U.S. bishops' Faithful
Citizenship document emphasized a wide range of issues and prompted debate
over whether Catholics could vote for pro-choice candidates.
- Pope Benedict XVI visits the U.S.
- Bishops vote in first strategic plan for five years and
establish priorities; supporting marriage, faith formation and sacramental
practice; the life and dignity of the human person; cultural diversity in the
church; and promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Health Care Reform legislation excludes abortion
funding, a debate influenced by U.S. Bishops. U.S. bishops threatened to oppose
health reform unless the legislation banned the use of federal funds to cover
Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is released.
U.S. bishops reiterated the church's teaching on the
sanctity of marriage, made their Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage a
permanent subcommittee and distributed materials explaining the Catholic view
of traditional marriage.
- English translation of the Roman Missal, 3rd Edition released.
- USCCB helped form the Circle of Protection coalition in
2011 to make sure budget policies protect programs serving poor, vulnerable and
Fortnight for Freedom initiated by the U.S. bishops,
celebrated annually, calls for a two-week period of prayer, education and
action on preserving religious freedom in the U.S.
- Pope Benedict resigns, Pope Francis elected.
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continued to press
for a national budget that does not adversely affect poor people. Bipartisan
legislative leadership urged while USCCB reiterates a circle of protection
around programs that protect poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad,
advance the common good, and promote human life and dignity.
- U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of
Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The
U.S. bishops called it a "tragic day for marriage and our nation."
- Strategic plan "The New Evangelization: Faith,
Worship, Witness." Four priorities of the conference being faith formation
and sacramental practice; strengthening marriage and family life; the life and
dignity of the human person; and religious liberty.
- USCCB Migration & Refugee Services settled 20,875 refugees from
around the world in 2014, with the largest numbers arriving from Burma, Bhutan,
Iraq, Somalia, and the Congo. This accounted for over one quarter of all
refugees resettled in the United States during this period.
- U.S. bishops having long supported affordable health
care for all object to the Affordable Care Act because the law requires that
most employers, including religious ones, cover employees' artificial birth
control, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, even if employers morally
oppose such coverage.
- 225th Anniversary of the founding of the Archdiocese of
- Year of Mercy is proclaimed by Pope Francis.
- Pope Francis visits the United States for the World
Meeting of Families.
- Bishops adopt a strategic plan setting five priorities:
evangelization, marriage and family life, human life and dignity, vocations,
and religious freedom. The five-year plan incorporates the theme
"Encountering the Mercy of Christ and Accompanying His People With
- USCCB fall general assembly, bishops urged to bring
wider attention to the plight of Middle East Christians .
- Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel
in America attended by more than 3,000
lay and religious leaders from 160 dioceses and 185 national
- 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bishops'
Conference of the United States.