US Bishops announce team to address divergencies with next US President

Archbishop José Gomez said Tuesday evening that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is setting up a team to deal with policies the future president may put in place which diverge from Church teaching.

He announced the move at the conclusion of the public portion of the USCCB Fall plenary assembly, which was held online on 16-17 November.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, USCCB vice president, will lead the special working group.

The team will be composed of the chairmen of various committees, including those covering doctrine and communications.

Joe Biden is set to become the second president who professes the Catholic faith in America’s history. The first was John F. Kennedy.

Speaking to US Bishops, Archbishop Gomez said the Church in the country is facing a “unique moment”, which “presents certain opportunities but also certain challenges.”

He added that President-elect Biden “has given us reason to believe his faith commitments will move him to support some good policies.” Archbishop Gomez counted immigration reform, aid to refugees and the poor, racial justice, capital punishment, and climate change among the list.

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