USCCB Wraps Up Fall General Assembly

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrapped its 2020 Fall General Assembly this week by adopting a new strategic plan and renewing the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.

The Bishops approved the Revised Strategic Priorities for the 2021-24 USCCB Strategic Plan, “Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope.”

They also voted to approve the renewal of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism that focuses on addressing the sin of racism. The committee was established in August 2017, upon the unanimous recommendation of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and in consultation with members of the USCCB's Committee on Priorities and Plans.

During the first day of the meeting, the Bishops also spoke of laicized ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

USCCB President, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, offered prayers and encouragement for the victims in his first opening address and called on his fellow bishops to “renew our commitment today to protecting children and vulnerable adults and to eliminating this scourge of abuse from the church.”

The Bishops voted and approved incoming officers of standing committees, board members of Catholic Relief Services, a new General Secretary, and approved the proposed budgets for 2021.

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