BALTIMORE—The U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops approved today their 2018 budget and a threepercent increase in the diocesan assessment for 2019 during their annual FallGeneral Assembly in Baltimore.
The 2018 budget was approvedwith 125 votes in favor, 4 against, and 3 abstentions. The vote required a majority of the members presentto pass.
The three percent increasein the diocesan assessment for 2019 was approved with 136 votes in favor, 31 against,and 5 abstentions. This vote required approval by two-thirds of diocesan andeparchial bishops.
The bishops also approved the ICEL Gray Book translation of the Order of Baptism of Children for use inthe dioceses of the United States of Americawith 200 voting in favor, 23 against, and 3 abstaining. The vote required affirmation by two-thirds of the Latin Church members and is subject to confirmatio by the Vatican Congregationfor Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. In other actions, thebishops approved:
- Development of a formal statement that would offer arenewed pastoral plan for marriage and family life ministry and advocacy inlight of Amoris Laetitia under thelead of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (223-Yes,12-No, 2-Abstain).
- The addition of one staff position in service to theAd Hoc Committee Against Racism, contingent upon funding through externalgrants (177-Yes, 22-No, 2-Abstain).
The bishops also electedthe following members to the Catholic ReliefServices (CRS) Board ofDirectors:
Bishop Edward J. Burns, Diocese ofDallas; Bishop Felipe J. Estévez,Diocese of St. Augustine; Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux; Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, Archdioceseof St. Paul and Minneapolis; Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of FortWayne-South Bend; and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Archdiocese of Miami.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,USCCB, General Assembly, 2018 Budget, Diocesan Assessment, Order of Baptism,Catholic Relief Services, Amoris Laetitia,Ad Hoc Committee against Racism, elections, votes.
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