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US bishops to discuss election statement and pastoral response to pornography

Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Kurtz share a light moment at the US bishops' plenary meeting (CNS)

American bishops are set to discuss their pastoral response to pornography and their election statement at their autumn general assembly next month.

The bishops gave their approval to put together a statement on pornography a few years ago, and will now discuss and vote on the statement entitled ‘Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography’.

The discussion is just one of the items on the agenda for when the US bishops meet for their autumn general assembly in Baltimore from November 16-19.

The bishops will also finalise their priorities from 2017 to 2020 and discuss a “limited revision” to their election statement ‘Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship’, which is reissued every four years.

The bishops’ election statement takes into account the latest issues taking centre stage in the political arena and, in general, calls for Catholic voters to consider the common good when going to the polls.

The statement has been released before every presidential election for almost four decades.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said it would make “a limited revision” and issue a new introductory note for the document prepared by a working group led by vice president of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

Three canonisation causes will also go before the bishops; Father Aloysius Ellacruia a 20th-century Claretian Missionary priest from the Basque region of Spain, Sister Ida Peterfy a Slovak-Hungarian-born founder of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart and Antonio Cuipa, who was martyred in colonial Florida between 1549 and 1706.

Only the first two days of the four-day assembly are public.