At General Assembly, Bishops Approve 2018 Budget, Diocesan Assessment Increase, Order Of Baptism For Children; Elect CRS Boar
BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved today their 2018 budget and a three percent increase in the diocesan assessment for 2019 during their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. The 2018 budget was approved with 125 votes in favor, 4 against, and 3 abstentions. The vote required a majority of the members present to pass…

U. S. Bishops Vote For Conference Secretary, Chairman And Chairmen-Elect Of Six Committees At Fall General Assembly In Baltimore
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathering in Baltimore for today’s 2017 General Assembly have elected a new conference secretary-elect along with a new chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty and chairmen-elect of five additional standing committees. Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroit has been elected as secretary-elect for the USCCB on the ballot with 96 votes over Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who received 88 votes…

Bishops Approve Canonical Step For Sainthood Cause For Lakota Catechist
BALTIMORE—The U.S. Bishops have approved by voice vote the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Sought by Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota, the voice vote is in keeping with the Episcopal consultation process as a step in the Catholic Church’s process toward declaring a person a saint.