First Topic – USCCB Fall Conference: An Overview
The annual Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will kicked off this afternoon at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. At the assembly, the bishops will hear an address by the president of the USCCB, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago; and elect the USCCB chairs of 5 Committees. They will rework and vote on documents concerning sections of the New Roman Missal, a Pastoral letter on marriage, a document on reproductive technologies, and one on Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. The meeting agenda also will include a preliminary report on the Causes and Context Study on clergy sexual abuse of minors conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a report by the National Religious Vocation Conference on a recent study of religious vocations. We get an overview from Russell Shaw, reporter for Our Sunday Visitor and former spokesman for the USCCB.
Second Topic – A Grief Like No Other
From mass tragedies like suicide bombings to sensationalized crimes that make the news only to be replaced by yet another victim, more families and friends are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. Violent death brings its own special brand of grieving: Victim's families can spend years dealing with the legal ramifications, guilt, and myriad other unique circumstances. Kathleen O'Hara knows both sides of this coin: As a therapist, she has counseled hundreds of people in dealing with grief; as a mother, she saw her worst fears realized when her college-age son was brutally murdered. In the aftermath of Aaron's death, O'Hara developed the seven-stage journey that is at the heart of A Grief Like No Other. O'Hara offers concrete, practical steps and stages for those who are left behind in the aftermath of violence, allowing family and friends safe passage through this harrowing journey.