WASHINGTON (CNS) – The chairmen of five USCCB committees have been appointed to an informal working group on the implementation of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”
The hope is that the working group would have a fuller understanding of the range of activities to implement the document by mid-September, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, who announced the appointments June 1.
The working group will marshal the resources of the USCCB to assist bishops with the positive reception and ongoing implementation of “Amoris Laetitia” in U.S. dioceses.
Working group members include Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations; Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis, chairman of the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance; Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, chairman of the Committee on Doctrine.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, a delegate to last October’s Synod of Bishops on the family, agreed to coordinate the effort.