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  1. La Confraternidad de la Doctrina Cristiana aprueba $46.729 en subvenciones para "fomentar respuestas prácticas" a la alfabetización bíblica

     WASHINGTON—Esta primavera, la Confraternidad de la Doctrina Cristiana (CCD, por sus siglas en inglés) otorgó subvenciones por un monto de $46.729 para tres proyectos que apoyan los objetivos de la CCD para promover la alfabetización bíblica católica y la interpretación bíblica católica.

    La CCD trabaja con la Asociación Bíblica Católica (CBA, por sus siglas en inglés) para ofrecer estas subvenciones aceptando solicitudes solo de la CBA, incluyendo a la organización misma, sus designados y sus miembros activos y asociados. En fidelidad a "Dei Verbum", el objetivo de la CBA es promover el estudio académico en las Escrituras y campos relacionados mediante reuniones de la asociación, publicaciones y apoyo a quienes participan en dichos estudios.

    El Obispo Robert J. Brennan, Obispo Auxiliar de la Diócesis de Rockville Centre y miembro del Comité de Enlace entre CCD y CBA comentó: "Es motivador ver el renovado interés en la alfabetización bíblica en todos los niveles de formación y vida de la Iglesia. Me alegra que las subvenciones de CCD y CBA fomenten respuestas prácticas a este interés".

    Los fondos para estas subvenciones provienen de las regalías recibidas de la publicación de la New American Bible y sus obras derivadas que la Asociación Bíblica Católica desarrolla, publica, promueve y distribuye.

    Los tres proyectos patrocinados por la CCD son los siguientes.

    • $10.000 al Dr. Timothy Carmody (Profesor, Director del Programa de Posgrado del Spring Hill College en St. Mobile, Alabama) para el desarrollo y la enseñanza de tres cursos en Estudios Bíblicos de candidatos a diáconos de primer año de la Diócesis de Jackson, MS. Los tres cursos proporcionarán una Introducción a los Estudios Bíblicos y la Revelación, así como estudios en profundidad de los Profetas y los Evangelios sinópticos.

     

    • $12.679 al Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman (Profesor Asistente en el Providence College en Rhode Island) para una estadía de dos meses en Israel para facilitar el trabajo en la "École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem" y en una excavación arqueológica para desarrollar un libro sobre cómo la Biblia y la evidencia arqueológica podrían proporcionar juntas un mejor entendimiento tanto de la sociedad antigua como del texto bíblico.

     

    • $24.050 al Dr. Rafael Ramírez (Profesor asistente afiliado en la Neuhoff School of Ministry en la Universidad de Dallas en Texas) para el financiamiento de una beca en el Programa MTS de Estudios Bíblicos en ese centro de estudios. Después de graduarse, el beneficiario de la beca va a enseñar en la Escuela Católica Bíblica.

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    Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Confraternidad de la Doctrina Cristiana, CCD, Asociación Bíblica Católica, CBA, Obispo Robert J. Brennan, Diócesis de Rockville Centre, Comité de Educación Católica, Dei Verbum, New American Bible, beca bíblica, programas pastorales, literatura bíblica, alfabetización bíblica católica, interpretación bíblica católica, subvenciones.

     

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    Contactos de prensa:

    Judy Keane

    202-541-3200

    Miguel Guilarte

    202-541-3202

  2. Catholic Dioceses Contribute More Than $58.7 Million to Recovery Efforts in the Wake of 2017 Hurricanes and Mexico Earthquakes

    WASHINGTON—In response to the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and earthquakes in Mexico, Catholics across the United States have contributed nearly $59 million to relief and recovery efforts. Initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), special collections and funds were launched last year to support humanitarian relief efforts as well as to provide pastoral services and financial support to rebuild facilities in dioceses impacted by these disasters.

    "The devastation wrought by last year's unprecedented disasters continues to impact the lives of our brothers and sisters in the United States, across the Caribbean, and in Mexico. We are profoundly grateful to the dioceses that took up special collections or made donations," said Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, chairman of the USCCB Committee on National Collections "The support of parishioners is an act of charity and a reflection of love for neighbor. We ask for continued prayers of support for the people affected by these historic natural disasters."

    As of mid-May 2018, US dioceses have remitted the following amounts for relief efforts:

    Hurricane Harvey – $37.2 Million

    Hurricane Irma – $12.8 Million

    Hurricane Maria – $6.1 Million

    Mexico Earthquakes – $3.5 Million

    Humanitarian relief and recovery efforts are being provided by Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). CCUSA is receiving 50% of Hurricane Harvey funds and 30% of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria funds; CRS is receiving 20% of Hurricane Irma funds. Initial funding from the special collections supported immediate needs such as food, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Long-term disaster recovery is currently underway. CCUSA recently distributed $13.5 million to nine Catholic Charities agencies in Texas and Louisiana where Hurricane Harvey affected countless people.

    In response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, CRS worked with Caritas Havana in Cuba to provide roofing and mattresses to affected families. In the British Virgin Islands, CRS, Caritas Antilles and the British Red Cross set up a joint cash program to help 740 families buy essential items. In Dominica, CRS and Caritas Antilles distributed 750 hygiene kits, 1,590 tarps, 920 buckets and 660 water filters to more than 600 families in four communities in the hardest-hit southeastern region. In the Dominican Republic, CRS partners provided 1,970 families with vouchers for food, hygiene and living supplies, and 330 families with hygiene kits. Teams also worked with the local health ministry to raise awareness about health and hygiene, particularly the danger of waterborne diseases and other health risks.

    Two Mexico earthquakes days apart killed nearly 500 people in September 2017 and destroyed homes, infrastructure and utilities, CRS, Caritas Mexico and local partners constructed transitional shelters and distributed 2,859 tarps to vulnerable families. They set up communal cooking facilities to ensure daily hot meals and provided living supplies, including kitchen sets and locally made clay ovens. CRS and its partners also arranged counseling for 1,040 children and young people dealing with grief, distress and trauma from the earthquakes. Moving forward, CRS will train people to build back better using disaster-resilient construction techniques, and to maintain their shelters. In four communities, community-based disaster response teams are being trained in first aid. This outreach was done through CRS's direct fundraising efforts.

    The USCCB Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions is managing the US Church share of Hurricane Harvey (50%), Hurricane Irma (30%) and Hurricane Maria (55%) funds. The Subcommittee has awarded $14 million in Hurricane Harvey grants, and $3 million in Hurricane Irma grants to assist with Church repairs to parishes and schools in dioceses impacted by the hurricanes. Requests from dioceses for Hurricane Maria support will be considered at the Subcommittee's June 14 meeting.

    The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America is managing the Caribbean Church share of Hurricane Irma (20%) and Hurricane Maria (15%) funds, as well as all contributions to the Mexico Earthquakes fund.

    Distributions to the responding organizations will continue to be made as funds are received.

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    Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Collections, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, Mexico Earthquakes, Gospel, charity, media, internet, print

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    Media Contact:

    Judy Keane

    202-541-3200


  3. The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Approves $46,729 in Grants to “Foster Practical Responses” to Biblical Literacy

    WASHINGTON—This spring, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $46,729 for three projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation.

    The CCD works with the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) to offer these grants accepting applications only from the CBA, including the organization itself, its designees, and its full and associate members. In fidelity to Dei Verbum, the CBA's purpose is to promote scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies.

    Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre and Member of the CCD-CBA Liaison Committee, commented, "It is heartening to see the renewed interest in Biblical literacy at every level of formation and Church life. I am glad that the CCD-CBA grants will foster practical responses to this interest."

    Funding for these grants comes from the royalties received from the publication of the New American Bible and its derivative works which the CCD develops, publishes, promotes, and distributes.

    The three projects sponsored by the CCD are as follows:

    • $10,000 to Dr. Timothy Carmody (Professor, Graduate Program Director, Spring Hill College, St. Mobile, Alabama) for the development and teaching of three courses in Biblical Studies of first year deacon candidates of the Diocese of Jackson, MS. The three courses will provide an Introduction to Biblical Studies and Revelation as well as in-depth studies of the Prophets, and the synoptic Gospels.
    • $12,679 to Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman (Assistant Professor, Providence College, Rhode Island) for a two-month stay in Israel to facilitate work at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem and on an archaeological dig to develop a book on how the Bible and archaeological evidence might together provide a better understanding of both the ancient society and the biblical text.
    • $24,050 to Dr. Rafael Ramirez (Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Dallas, Neuhoff School of Ministry, Texas) for the funding of one scholarship for the MTS/Biblical Studies program at the University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry. Upon graduation, the scholarship recipient will teach in the Escuela Catolica Biblica.

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    Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, CCD, Catholic Biblical Association, CBA, Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Diocese of Rockville Centre, CCD-CBA Liaison Committee, Dei Verbum, New American Bible, biblical scholarship, pastoral programs, biblical literacy, biblical interpretation, grants

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    Media Contact:

    Judy Keane

    202-541-3200

  4. U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Applaud Kansas and Oklahoma for Enacting Laws that Keep Kids First in Foster Care and Adoption Services

    WASHINGTON—By enacting laws protecting the conscience rights of adoption and foster care providers, "Kansas and Oklahoma are keeping kids first," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

    The governors of Kansas and Oklahoma on May 18 and May 11, respectively, signed legislation ensuring that faith-based adoption and foster care providers can provide these services in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs or moral convictions.

    The three USCCB chairmen stated the following:

    "Kansas and Oklahoma are keeping kids first by allowing all capable adoption and foster care providers to serve children in need. The opioid crisis has caused a large increase in the number of children entering the foster care system. We need more, not fewer, agencies to serve children who need loving homes."

    At least nine states have now passed similar laws, including Virginia, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and now Kansas and Oklahoma. These laws do not exclude any providers or prohibit anyone from adopting but merely ensure the inclusion of faith-based providers.

    At the federal level, the USCCB supports the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 (H.R. 1881 / S. 811), which protects child welfare providers from being discriminated against by federal or state government entities due to the providers' religious beliefs or moral convictions.

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    Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Frank Dewane, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop James Conley, USCCB, Kansas Adoption Protection Act, Oklahoma Senate Bill 1140, Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, adoption, foster care, keep kids first, freedom to serve

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    Media Contact:

    Judy Keane

    202-541-3200

  5. Cardinal Dolan Says Separating Abortion from Title X Family Planning Program is “Greatly Needed” and “Deeply Appreciated”

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, made the following statement in response to the news that the Trump Administration intends to separate abortion from the Title X family planning program:

    "The news that the Trump Administration will be issuing new regulations to separate abortion from the federal Title X family planning program is greatly needed and deeply appreciated. Abortion always takes the life of a child and often harms the mother, her surviving children, and other family and friends as well. Most Americans recognize that abortion is distinct from family planning and has no place in a taxpayer-funded family planning program. For too long, Title X has been used to subsidize the abortion industry. We need to draw a bright line between what happens before a pregnancy begins and what happens after a child has been created. We will provide more detailed comments during the anticipated comment period and urge other Americans who want to draw that bright line between abortion and family planning to do the same."

    Title X is a family planning program, designed to provide low-income women with pre-pregnancy services. In its original design, and reflected in current law, there is a specific prohibition on abortion-related activities. However, in the years since the program's creation in 1970, it has been interpreted to require grantees to refer for abortion, thus both overtly excluding health centers who object to such referrals from applying for Title X grants and also ensuring a direct link between family planning services and the promotion of abortion. This link is exemplified by the alarming number of Title X recipients that also provide and promote abortion.

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    Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, President Trump, pro-life, federal funding, abortion, Title X, pregnancy, family planning, women's health, comprehensive care

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    Judy Keane

    202-541-3200