Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In Crescent City, The Bench Marches In

Even if November feels like yesterday, it's time for the Midsummer Classic – as the day starts with an hour of closed-door regional meetings, the public business of the USCCB June meeting begins in New Orleans at 10am Central (11am Eastern, 1700 Rome).

Among other highlights, this meeting marks the debut on the dais of the new President, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as his deputy. As for the agenda, later this morning brings an update on the October Synod on the Family, while the afternoon session will see the two high-stakes discussions on the futures of both the ad hoc committee on religious liberty and the bench's quadrennial text on Faithful Citizenship. The twin presentations on "Marriage and the Economy" and "The New Evangelization and Poverty" are slated for tomorrow morning.

All that said, here's your real-time color feed of the afternoon session....

...and the blow-by-blow of a very full morning session:

Links to on-demand video to come.