In his first address in his new leadership role, USCCB president Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, praised the Eucharistic Revival, calling it “an attempt on our part to announce the truth about the mystery of the Eucharist and the real presence of Our Lord and Savior, body, blood, soul, and divinity.”
Broglio touched on other important causes for the U.S. bishops in his speech, including the encouragement of “well-intentioned lawmakers who are seeking to enact effective and humane border management as part of a framework of comprehensive immigration reforms.”
He also asked for prayers for Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Los Angeles faithful as the Los Angeles Dodgers have chosen to honor the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” an anti-Catholic group that describes themselves as “queer and trans nuns.”
Broglio said that “the disrespect for the truths and traditions of our faith, for the legendary commitment of religious women to building up society, and the tarnishing of what has so often been called the national sport harken back to the ‘know nothings’ of the 19th century.”
He referenced a statement from the bishops inviting the faithful to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart Friday, June 16, on its solemnity, the same day the Dodgers plan to honor the group.
Cause of the Shreveport Martyrs
In other business, the bishops voted unanimously in favor of advancing the cause on the local level of the beatification and canonization of the Shreveport Martyrs, five French Roman Catholic priests who died ministering to the sick in Shreveport, Louisiana, amid the 1873 yellow fever epidemic.
Health Care Directives revision
The bishops also postponed a vote to Friday on moving forward with a revision of a portion of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, which covers the relationship between the Catholic medical professional and the patient.
While they cited time constraints, the move could indicate that the bishops would like a more robust discussion Friday of the potential revision, especially given reports that indicate it could update the directives to align with a March doctrinal note from the bishops, which states that “Catholic health care services must not perform interventions, whether surgical or chemical, that aim to transform the sexual characteristics of a human body into those of the opposite sex or take part in the development of such procedures.”