U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Denounces FDA Decision on Chemical Abortion Pill

December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today they will eliminate the safety requirement of in-person dispensing in the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for the chemical abortion drug mifepristone. The FDA’s action clears a path for the drug to be dispensed by clinics, medical offices, and hospitals through the use of online pharmacies or drug delivery services.

In response, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement:

COVID: Mask requirements and guidance

December 9, 2021

From the Pandemic Response Team:

In the light of spiking numbers of new COVID cases and the likely increase in those numbers in the upcoming holiday season, Cardinal Seán is mandating that throughout the archdiocese all people attending public Masses, including weddings and funerals, wear masks. This mandate takes effect the weekend of December 18/19, 2021, and expires on January 17, 2022. 


Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, servers, choir members, and instrumentalists, should all wear masks except when they are speaking.


Justices seem willing to allow Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the Supreme Court's first major abortion case in decades -- which looked at Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy -- the majority of justices Dec. 1 seemed willing to let that ban stay in place.

But it was unclear if they would take this further and overturn Roe.

Faith Groups Say the Build Back Better Act Would Exclude Faith-Based Child Care and Pre-Kindergarten Providers

December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – Two bishop chairmen on behalf of their committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have cosigned a coalition letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) with other faith groups raising urgent concerns that the Build Back Better Act’s (BBBA) child care and universal pre-kindergarten programs would exclude faith-based providers.

Boston Globe

Legalizing assisted suicide would send a devastating message

Too many people already believe killing themselves is a reasonable solution to their most painful problems.

By Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist,

Members of the Massachusetts Medical Society debated a resolution in 2017 that dropped the group's official opposition to medical aid in dying.JESSICA RINALDI

SPANISH: 2021 Respect for Life Month Statement

Declaración del Mes Respetemos la Vida Del 2021

Reverendísimo Joseph F. Naumann
Presidente del Comité de Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB

27 septiembre de 2021

El mes de octubre trae consigo la observancia anual del Mes Respetemos la Vida. Este año se enmarca dentro del Año de San José declarado por el Papa Francisco, y por ese motivo la celebración resalta el ejemplo de ese gran Santo.



Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann
Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities

September 27, 2021

The month of October brings with it our annual observance of Respect Life Month. As part of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, this year’s celebration highlights the example of that great saint.

As the faithful protector of both Jesus and Mary, we find in St. Joseph a profound reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard, and defend God’s precious gift of human life.