The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is scheduled to begin its Fall Meeting tomorrow. The four-day meeting will conclude on Thursday. The first two days will be televised. The remainder will be executive session, prayer and reflection, and will not be open to the media.
According to the USCCB website and other sources, the planned topics include (click on the links for more information for each):
1. A proposal to restructure the USCCB and its staff: This involves reducing the present 68 committees to 34 committees, restructuring the staff offices related to committees, and lowering the annual dioscesan assessment for the USCCB's expenses, expanding the Communications Department to allow for more Internet Content Management as well as publishing and film broadcasting, changes in employee benefits, and such things.
2. A proposed statement of guidelines for receiving the Eucharist: This is expected to be a series of questions to help Catholics prepare to receive the Eucharist more worthily.
3. Proposed guidelines for ministry to people with a homosexual orientation: The project began in 2002, has been considered by several committees, and is now in its final stages toward providing guidelines for pastoral ministry.
4. Updating Advent Mass readings: This is the first part of a planned revision to the Lectionary for Mass.
5. A proposed directory to provide guidelines for approving music for the liturgy: The proposed directory would require published music to be approved by the bishop in whose diocese it is published. If approved by the USCCB, it would also require approval of the Holy See.
EWTN will broadcast both morning and afternoon sessions on November 13 and 14.