CNA Staff, Nov 6, 2020 / 14:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be held in two live-streamed sessions on November 16 and 17.
The meeting is set to commence six days after the long-awaited release of the Vatican’s investigation into disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The report is set to be released almost exactly one year after Cardinal Sean O’Malley told the USCCB's 2019 fall meeting that the report would be released “soon.”
The bishops will also learn the results of the committee chairman elections, and hear addresses from the apostolic nuncio and the National Review Board.
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, who was elected president of the USCCB at last fall’s assembly, will give his first address as the conference’s president, after the spring general assembly, scheduled to occur in June, was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the USCCB, the meeting will “include dialogue by the bishops on a pastoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a pastoral response to racism.” Additionally, the bishops will vote on the strategic priorities of the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan, the renewal of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and the budget for the upcoming year.