10 things to look for at the USCCB Fall meeting 2022

More time will be devoted to prayer and fellowship at this year’s assembly in clear recognition of the challenges and stresses of the job. The discussion may turn to The Catholic Project’s recent survey which found signs of “burnout” among young priests and diocesan priests, and a decline in priests’ trust in their bishops.

7. The Ukrainian War

The bishops will receive an update on the war in Ukraine from Archbishop Borys Gudziak, archeparchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. We can expect the bishop to renew his commitment to the Ukrainian people (Archbishop William Lori traveled to Poland and Ukraine with the Knights of Columbus in October to help distribute aid to those affected by the war). It is unlikely that they will get ahead of the Vatican on the issue of war and push to stop US funding of Ukraine’s military.

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8. Synod on Synodality

The bishops will discuss the Synod on Synodality and the initial findings of the listening session of the Church. With the September release of the “National Synthesis,” the bishops are moving from the diocesan phase of the listening process to the continental phase, and it will be interesting to see what findings they choose to highlight. Pope Francis announced on October 16 his decision to extend the synod until October 2024.

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9. Canonization

The bishops will choose whether to promote the cause of holiness for three American women: Cora Evans, Michelle Duppong, and Mother Margaret Mary Healy Murphy.

10. And the rest…

The Baltimore meeting will kick off Tuesday with an address from the papal nuncio, Archbishop Christoph Pierre. The bishops will also discuss the new catechumenate model for marriage preparation, the World Youth Day 2023, migration, the new translation of liturgical rituals, and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the Dallas Charter and where things have been since the Church put procedures to deal with the problem. sexual abuse of minors by clerics.

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In addition, the bishops will elect the chairmen of various committees. Of some interest will be the election of the chairman of the Evangelization and Catechesis Committee, because whoever replaces Bishop Andrew Cozzens, whose term ends at the end of the meeting, will take on the high-profile job of quarterbacking the Eucharistic Revival initiative.


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