U.S. Bishops to Discuss Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care and Hear Update on National V Encuentro at June General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, June 13-14

May 11, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the assembly, the full body ofbishops will address a variety of topics including ethical and religiousdirectives for Catholic healthcare services, a pastoral response to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the US, andthe upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland, chairman ofthe USCCB's Cultural Diversity Subcommitteeon Hispanic Affairs, will offer the bishops an update on the V Encuentro, asdioceses conclude their regional Encuentro meetings and prepare to attend thenational event, September 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas. Thus far, the V Encuentroprocess has engaged hundreds of thousands of Latino Catholics during local andregionally held Encuentro events across the U.S. Approximately 3000 diocesandelegates are expected to represent them at the National V Encuentro gathering.

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, CulturalDiversity's African American Affairs Chair and Chair of the Ad Hoc CommitteeAgainst Racism, is also expected to provide a brief update to the GeneralAssembly on the Pastoral Letter on Racismand report on the activities of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.  

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB'sCommittee on Migration will offer an update on the Share the Journey Campaignand its implementation in the United States.

Bishop Robert J. McManus, Chairman of the Committeeon Doctrine's Subcommittee on Health Care, will discuss proposed revisions tothe Ethical and Religious Directives forCatholic Health Care Services regarding collaboration with non-Catholicentities in the provision of health care services.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairmanof the Committee for Religious Liberty, will give a brief update on activitiesof the Committee, including the committee's promotion of Serving Others inGod's Love: Religious Freedom Week.   

Items for discussion andvotes will include proposed revisions for the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and a discussion and vote on the statement Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian andPacific Island Brothers and Sisters.

Discussion and votes will alsobe proposed regarding new translations of variouscomponents of the Liturgy of the Hours includingcertain antiphons and intercessions. This will be one ofseveral votes due to occur for this project over the next few years. Translationsof the Liturgy of the Hours Grail Psalmshave already been approved for U.S. dioceses.    

Added discussion and votes willoccur regarding supplementary materials for the Roman Missal andthe Liturgy of the Hours for the feast days ofSaints John Paul II, John XXIII, and Mary Magdalene.

A jointpresentation will be made to the body of bishops on the XV Ordinary GeneralAssembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, taking place in October. Theywill also present on World YouthDay taking place January 2019.

Coverage of the meeting is open to credentialed media.Sessions open to the media will be Wednesday, June 13, and the morning of Thursday,June 14. Media conferences will follow open sessions of the meeting as timeallows. Reporters seeking to cover the meeting can download a credentialapplication form available in English and Spanish and submit it by June 6to @email or mail to:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Office of Public Affairs
June Meeting Credentials
3211 4th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194


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