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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Leadership

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website as of July 9, 2022:[1]

Executive Level and Management Committees (Conference Officers)

Administrative Committee - Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, President (Los Angeles, California) Committee on Budget and Finance – Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, Treasurer (St. Petersburg, Florida) Committee on Priorities and Plans -- Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Secretary (Military Services, USA); Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Vice-President (Detroit, Michigan) Executive Committee – Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, President

Programmatic Committees

  • Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance Chairman: Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Committee on Catholic Education – Bishop Thomas A. Daly (Spokane, Washington)
  • Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations – Bishop James F. Checchio (Metuchen, New Jersey)
  • Committee on Communications – Bishop Robert P. Reed (Auxiliary, Boston)
  • Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church – Bishop Arturo Cepeda (Auxiliary, Detroit)
  • Committee on Divine Worship – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Committee on Doctrine – Bishop Daniel E. Flores (Brownsville, Texas)
  • Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs – Bishop David P. Talley (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis – Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens (Crookston, Minnesota)
  • Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development – Archbishop Paul S. Coakley (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • Committee on International Justice and Peace – Bishop David J. Malloy (Rockford, Illinois)
  • Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth – Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (San Francisco, California)
  • Committee on Migration – Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville-Rodriguez (Auxiliary Bishop, Washington)
  • Committee on National Collections – Archbishop Paul D. Etienne (Seattle, Washington)
  • Committee on Pro-Life Activities – Archbishop William E. Lori (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People – Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. (Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri)
  • Committee for Religious Liberty – Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan (New York, New York)

Letter to Trump about 'Religious Liberty'

In 2019, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops initiated[2] a letter[3] asking President Trump to affirm in part, that "People of all faiths and none are equal and make outstanding contributions to the United States".

This sentiment is vastly used to 1.) dilute the influence of Judeo Christian values in America, 2.) diminish the vast majority of attacks on Jewish and Christian churches, and 3.) accuse those who genuinely promote religious liberty as being discriminatory. See a report[4] by the Center for American Progress for a good illustration of the leftist arguments.

April 4, 2019
Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:
We are a diverse group of advocates for religious liberty for all. We sometimes differ about what religious freedom requires, but we are united around the bedrock principle of ensuring that all individuals and communities are able to exercise their faith in safety and security. We write to ask you to take action to uphold this principle. We are grieving over the most recent heinous attacks on houses of worship. The March 15th attack on two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer killed fifty Muslims and injured fifty more. In the weeks since, an assailant stabbed a Catholic priest in a Montreal church during Mass, and a California mosque was set on fire and vandalized with graffiti referencing the New Zealand attacks. Moreover, to our alarm, in the aftermath of the New Zealand attacks we have seen the Jewish community falsely accused as somehow being responsible for those attacks— rhetoric that further endangers that community as well.
As you know, other houses of worship have also been targeted for unspeakable violence in recent years. In the United States, these attacks include ones on Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek; Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina; Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota; First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas; and Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The words we use matter greatly, especially the words of our leaders. In 1790, President George Washington wrote a letter to the members of Touro Synagogue, insisting that the government of the United States must give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance. . . .” All Americans should be able to “sit in safety under [their] own vine[s] and figtree[s],” with “none to make [them] afraid,” Washington said.
We ask you to uphold these principles. As governmental leaders, you have a special duty to ensure that your words comport with the spirit of the Constitution and help to unify, strengthen and keep Americans safe.
Accordingly, we ask you to affirm the following principles in coming days:
• Individuals of all faiths and none have equal dignity, worth and rights to religious freedom.
• A person is not more or less American because of his or her faith. People of all faiths and none are equal and make outstanding contributions to the United States.
• Individuals must be able to exercise their religion, including attending their houses of worship and practicing their faith in the public square, without fear for their physical safety.

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