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U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Applauds Enactment of Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act

WASHINGTON—Today, after more than two years of hard work and bipartisan cooperation in the US Congress, the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) applauds the enactment of the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act (H.R. 390).

This critical legislation will direct humanitarian relief to genocide victims in Iraq and Syria and hold ISIS perpetrators accountable.

“Today is a signal of hope for the critically vulnerable of this region. We thank Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), the bill’s author, and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), its lead cosponsor, and President Donald Trump for signing it into law,” says Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services USA and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

“Less than 200,000 Christians remain in Iraq, down from 1.4 million in 2002 and 500,000 in 2013, before ISIS swept through the region on its genocidal campaign. Many of the remaining Christians in Iraq are displaced, mostly in Erbil in the Kurdistan region, and need desperate assistance to return to their homes and stay in Iraq. After the ISIS invasion, 60,000 Yazidis fled to Europe, and of the 550,000 Yazidis still in Iraq, 280,000 remain displaced and only 20 percent have been able to return to their historic homeland of Sinjar, according to the Yazdi organization Yazda.

The Catholic Church has consistently raised its voice in support of the most vulnerable who are facing persecution and displacement in the Middle East and around the world. Pope Francis has denounced the persecution, torture and killing of Christians in the Middle East, calling it a "form of genocide" that must end, and lamenting the wider conflicts that have put so many in danger. USCCB has joined with Pope Francis in condemning the actions of those who would persecute others solely for reasons of their faith and ethnicity.”

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., President Donald J. Trump, Chris Smith (R-NJ), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Committee on International Justice and Peace, genocide, Iraq, Syria, Christians, ISIS, Erbil, Yazidis, persecution, displacement, conflict, fait, ethnicity, humanitarian relief

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Presidentes de Comités de la USCCB reciben con agrado las modificaciones al "impuesto de estacionamiento" pero buscan la derogación completa por parte del Congreso

WASHINGTON— La guía promulgada ayer por el Departamento del Tesoro es un "esfuerzo para aliviar el 'impuesto de estacionamiento’”, pero “se necesita un alivio total por parte del Congreso", según expresaron el Arzobispo Joseph E. Kurtz de Louisville, Presidente del Comité de Libertad Religiosa de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) y el Obispo Frank J. Dewane, de Venice, Presidente del Comité de Justicia Doméstica y Desarrollo Humano de USCCB.  

La declaración conjunta del Arzobispo Kurtz y el Obispo Dewane es la siguiente:

"Apreciamos el esfuerzo de la Administración para aliviar el 'impuesto de estacionamiento' al permitir que los empleadores, incluidas muchas organizaciones sin fines de lucro, reduzcan retroactivamente sus gastos de estacionamiento no deducibles. Pero se necesita un alivio total del Congreso para revocar este impuesto injusto. Como nosotros, junto con muchos líderes ecuménicos e interreligiosos, expresamos en una carta conjunta enviada al Congreso el mes pasado: ‘A menos que sea revocada, esta disposición requerirá que decenas de miles de casas de adoración presenten las declaraciones de impuestos por primera vez en la historia de nuestra nación e impondrá una nueva carga impositiva a los lugares de culto y las organizaciones sin fines de lucro’”.

La carta conjunta del 13 de noviembre se puede encontrar aquí: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Letter-on-Parking-Lot-Tax-November-13-2018.pdf

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Palabras clave: Arzobispo Joseph Kurtz, Obispo Frank Dewane, Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, impuesto de estacionamiento, Departamento del Tesoro, libertad religiosa.

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Bishop Chairmen Express Relief at Modifications to “Parking Lot Tax” But Seek Full Repeal

WASHINGTON–The guidance promulgated yesterday by the Treasury Department is an “effort to alleviate the ‘parking lot tax,’” but “full relief is needed from Congress,” according to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Archbishop Kurtz and Bishop Dewane offered the following joint statement in response:

“We appreciate the Administration’s effort to alleviate the ‘parking lot tax’ by allowing employers, including many non-profits, to retroactively reduce their nondeductible parking expenses. But full relief is needed from Congress to fix this unjust tax. As we, along with many ecumenical and interreligious leaders, noted in a coalition letter to Congress last month: ‘Unless repealed, this provision will require tens of thousands of houses of worship to file tax returns for the first time in our nation’s history and will impose a new tax burden on houses of worship and nonprofit organizations.’”

The November 13 coalition letter can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Letter-on-Parking-Lot-Tax-November-13-2018.pdf

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Keywords: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop Frank Dewane, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, parking lot tax, Treasury Department, religious liberty, religious freedom

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Declaración del Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos en relación a la muerte del Presidente George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON— El Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, Arzobispo de Galveston-Houston y Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, emitió un comunicado sobre el fallecimiento del Presidente George Herbert Walker Bush.

La declaración completa del Cardenal DiNardo es la siguiente:

“Nos unimos a las personas de todo el país al lamentar el fallecimiento del Presidente George H.W. Bush. Recordamos con gratitud a este gran hombre que pasó su vida desinteresadamente al servicio de su país. Con un compromiso inquebrantable de construir puentes de paz y garantizar las libertades de nuestra nación, también inspiró a muchos como un devoto esposo, padre y patriarca de la familia. En nombre de mis hermanos Obispos de Estados Unidos, oramos por el descanso del alma de nuestro cuadragésimo primer presidente al recordar una vida bien vivida. También ofrecemos nuestras más sinceras condolencias y oraciones por su familia afligida y por todos aquellos que lloran su muerte. Que encuentren paz y consuelo en el amor consolador de Jesucristo".
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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Presidente George Herbert Walker Bush, Cuadragésimo Primer Presidente, Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo,

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President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Statement on the Death of President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON--Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on the passing of President George Herbert Walker Bush.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: 

“We join with people across the nation as we mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush. We remember with gratitude this great man who spent his life selflessly in service of his country. With an unwavering commitment to building bridges of peace and ensuring our nation's freedoms, he also inspired many as a devoted husband, father and family patriarch.   

On behalf of my brother bishops of the United States, we pray for the repose of the soul of our forty-first president as we remember a life well lived.  

We also offer our deepest sympathy and prayers for his bereaved family and all those who mourn his passing. May you find peace and comfort in the consoling love of Jesus Christ.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, President George H.W. Bush, forty-first President, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
 

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El Papa Francisco Nombra al Obispo Auxiliar de Austin como el Nuevo Obispo de Monterey

WASHINGTON— El Papa Francisco nombró al Obispo Auxiliar de Austin, TX, el Reverendísimo Daniel E. García, como el nuevo Obispo de Monterey, CA.  

El nombramiento fue publicado en Washington hoy martes 27 de noviembre de 2018 por el Arzobispo Christophe Pierre, Nuncio Apostólico en los Estados Unidos.

El Obispo García nació el 30 de agosto de 1960 en Cameron, Texas. Él obtuvo una Licenciatura en Artes en el Seminario de Saint Mary's en la Universidad de St. Thomas en 1984 y más tarde completó sus estudios de Maestría en Divinidad en Saint Mary's en 1988. En 2007, obtuvo una Maestría en Artes en Estudios Litúrgicos en la Escuela de Teología de Saint John.

El Reverendísimo García fue ordenado sacerdote para la Diócesis de Austin el 28 de mayo de 1988. Desde entonces, ha servido en las parroquias de St. Catherine de Siena, Cristo Rey, St. Louis y St. Vincent de Paul, todas en Austin. También sirvió tres años en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston en la parroquia St. Mary Magdalene en Humble, Texas. En la Diócesis de Austin, se ha desempeñado como decano y miembro de la Junta de Personal de los Sacerdotes, el Colegio de Consultores y la Comisión Litúrgica Diocesana, así como miembro y presidente del Consejo Presbiteral.

El 21 de enero de 2015, el Papa Francisco lo nombró Obispo Auxiliar de la Diócesis de Austin, el primer obispo auxiliar en la historia de esa diócesis, así como Obispo Titular de Capsus. Fue ordenado obispo el 3 de marzo de 2015.

El obispo García se desempeña actualmente como Presidente del Subcomité de Adoración en Español de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB). También es miembro del Comité de Divina Adoración; del Comité de Comunicaciones y Consultor del Subcomité de Asuntos Hispanos de la USCCB.
El Obispo Daniel García ha sido nombrado Obispo de la Diócesis de Monterey luego de la muerte del obispo Richard García el 11 de julio de 2018, debido a complicaciones de la enfermedad de Alzheimer con la que había sido diagnosticado el pasado abril.
La Diócesis de Monterey abarca 21.916 millas cuadradas en California, con una población total de 1.048.237 personas, de las cuales 209.650 ó el 20 por ciento, son católicas.

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Palabras clave: Papa Francisco, Christophe Pierre, Nuncio Apostólico, Obispo Daniel D. García, Obispo Richard J. García, Diócesis de Monterey.

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Pope Francis Names Auxiliary Bishop to Lead Diocese of Monterey

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named the auxiliary bishop of Austin, the Most Reverend Daniel E. Garcia, as the new Bishop of Monterey.  

The appointment was publicized in Washington on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Garcia was born August 30, 1960 in Cameron, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary's Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in 1984. He completed his Master of Divinity studies at Saint Mary's in 1988. In 2007, he earned a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies from the Saint John’s School of Theology.  

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin on May 28, 1988. Since then, he has served at the parishes of St. Catherine of Siena, Cristo Rey, St. Louis, and St. Vincent de Paul, all in Austin. He also served three years in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Humble, Texas. In the Diocese of Austin, he has served as a dean and as a member of the Priests' Personnel Board, the College of Consultors, and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, as well as a member and chairman of the Presbyteral Council.

On January 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, the first auxiliary bishop in the history of the diocese, as well as Titular Bishop of Capsus. He was ordained a bishop on March 3, 2015.

Bishop Garcia currently serves as Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Worship in Spanish. He is a member of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship and the USCCB Committee on Communications, as well as a consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.

Bishop Daniel Garcia has been named bishop following the death of Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey on July 11, 2018, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was diagnosed with the disease in April 2018.

The Diocese of Monterey is comprised of 21,916 square miles in California with a total population of 1,048,237 of which 209,650 or 20 percent, are Catholic.  

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Keywords: Pope Francis, Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Daniel D. Garcia, Bishop Richard J. Garcia, Diocese of Monterey

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PRESIDENT OF U.S. BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING DEADLY SHOOTING AT MERCY HOSPITAL IN CHICAGO

WASHINGTON—Following the tragic shooting yesterday in Chicago, Illinois, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling for prayers and steps to curb gun violence.

The full statement of Cardinal DiNardo follows:

"Yesterday, at a place which should be a center of healing, a police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical resident lost their lives in a senseless act of gun violence. The shooting was carried out at Mercy Hospital on the south side of Chicago. We entrust to Almighty God the victims and their loved ones and for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe. May her love and compassion embrace and bring comfort to those who sorrow.

Again, we must ask the question how a person capable of such violence was able to obtain a firearm to carry out this heinous act. In our desire to help promote a culture of life, we bishops will continue to ask that public policies be supported to enact reasonable gun measures to help curb this pervasive plague of gun violence. Our prayers are with the staff of Mercy Hospital and the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago as they continue God’s healing work.”
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Archdiocese of Chicago, violence, Mercy Hospital, prayers, healing
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Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Announces Grant Recipients in Honor of National Bible Week

WASHINGTON— In honor of National Bible Week (November 18-24, 2018), the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) announces the awarding grants in the amount of $60,844 for three projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation.

Funding for these grants comes from the royalties received from the publication of the New American Bible and its derivative works which the CCD develops, publishes, promotes, and distributes.
The three projects sponsored by the CCD are as follows:
•   $1,240 to Robert D. Miller Il for travel and research related to his work on "Orality and Old Testament Law."

•   $42,000 to Ahida E. Pilarski and the Asociación Bíblica Argentina to support an international conference on the 80th anniversary of the journal Revista Biblica.

•   $17,604 to Olivier-Thomas Venard, O.P. and the Bible in Its Traditions Program to fund research apprenticeships for three students at the École biblique in Jerusalem."

The CCD works with the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) to offer these grants accepting applications only from the CBA, including the organization itself, its designees, and its active and associate members. In fidelity to Dei Verbum, the CBA's purpose is to promote scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee comprises the membership of the CCD.
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Keywords: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Bible Week, Catholic biblical literacy, Catholic biblical interpretation, New American Bible (NAB), Catholic Biblical Association (CBA), Dei Verbum
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President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Makes Statement at Close of Public Sessions; Fall General Assembly, Baltimore Nov. 12-14

BALTIMORE—On the final day of the public sessions of the U.S. Bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered the following remarks.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full address follows:

“Brothers, I opened the meeting expressing some disappointment. I end it with hope.

My hope is first of all grounded in Christ, who desires that the Church be purified and that our efforts bear fruit.

In late summer on your behalf, I expressed our renewed fraternal affection for our Holy Father. In September the Administrative Committee expressed for all of us our “love, obedience and loyalty” for Pope Francis. Now together with you today, gathered in Baltimore in Plenary Assembly, we the members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops pledge to His Holiness our loyalty and devotion in these difficult days. I am sure that, under the leadership of Pope Francis, the conversation that the global Church will have in February will help us eradicate the evil of sexual abuse from our Church. It will make our local efforts more global and the global perspective will help us here.

Brothers, you and the speakers we have heard from have given me direction and consensus. I will take it as a springboard for action. Listening is essential, but listening must inform decisive action. Let me take this moment to thank the many survivors and experts who have given us such good counsel and direction these last few days.

When the summer’s news first broke, we committed to three goals: to do what we could to get to the bottom of the Archbishop McCarrick situation; to make reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier; and, to develop a means of holding ourselves accountable that was genuinely independent, duly authorized, and had substantial lay involvement.

Now, we are on course to accomplish these goals. That is the direction that you and the survivors of abuse across our country have given me for the February meeting in Rome. More than that, in the days prior to the meeting of episcopal conference presidents, the Task Force I established this week will convert that direction into specific action steps. Some of those actions steps include:

  • A process for investigating complaints against bishops reported through a third-party compliance hotline. We will complete a proposal for a single national lay commission and a proposal for a national network relying upon the established diocesan review boards, with their lay expertise, to be overseen by the metropolitan or senior suffragan.

  • Finalizing the Standards of Accountability for Bishops.

  • Finalizing the Protocol for Removed Bishops.

  • Studying national guidelines for the publication of lists of names of those clerics facing substantiated claims of abuse.

  • Supporting the fair and timely completion of the various investigations into the situation surrounding Archbishop McCarrick and publication of their results. We are grateful for the Holy See’s Statement of October 6 in this regard.

We leave this place committed to taking the strongest possible actions at the earliest possible moment. We will do so in communion with the Universal Church. Moving forward in concert with the Church around the world will make the Church in the United States stronger, and will make the global Church stronger.  

But our hope for true and deep reform ultimately lies in more than excellent systems, as essential as these are. It requires holiness: the deeply held conviction of the truths of the Gospel, and the eager readiness to be transformed by those truths in all aspects of life.

As the nuncio reminded us on Monday, “if the Church is to reform herself and her structures, then the reform must spring from her mission of making known Christ, the Son of the Living God.” No system of governance or oversight, however excellent and necessary, suffices alone to make us, weak as we all are, able to live up to the high calling we have received in Christ.

We must recommit to holiness and to the mission of the Church.

Brothers, I have heard you today. I am confident that in unity with the Holy Father and in conversation with the Universal Church in February we will move forward.  

There is more to be done, but what we have done is a sign of hope.

Commending everything to the intercession of Our Lady, we pray together . . .

Hail Mary…"

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, 2018 Fall General Assembly

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