During the recent General Assembly of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the nation’s bishops conducted the required canonical episcopal consultation on the sainthood cause of Servant of God Mary Teresa Tallon, the daughter of Irish immigrants from New York who could be on her way to becoming America’s next saint.
The U.S. bishops, meeting this week in Baltimore, have elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky to serve as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), replacing outgoing president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.
Archbishop Carlo Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., has written a letter advising all U.S. bishops that Catholics “are not permitted” to participate in any meeting which assumes that the alleged Marian apparitions taking place in Medjugorje are credible.
Contrary to recent media reports, the questionnaire presented by Pope Francis to Catholics worldwide seeking their opinions on pastoral challenges to the family, such as those involving divorce and same-sex marriage, is not an opinion poll but a preparatory document for next year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family.
Ever since the announcement that Pope Francis will hold a consistory in February to name new Cardinals, rumors have circulated that a woman could be among the list of new Cardinals because ordination is not required for this position.
Thus far, two U.S. bishops have been diagnosed with the hepatitis A virus after attending a school for new bishops in Rome last month.