The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for chairmen of eight standing committees before the 2020 General Assembly convenes virtually November 16-17.
In August, after consultation with the Holy See, the bishop-members of the USCCB voted to approve the convocation of this year’s November meeting in a virtual format in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bishop-members voted to suspend the bylaws of the Conference to allow for paper, mail-in ballots for the election of the committee chairmen before the November meeting, with the results of the election to be announced during the meeting.
Since June, the Committee for Religious Liberty has had an acting chairman following the death of Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown who had been serving as chairman. At the conclusion of the bishops’ 2020 Fall General Assembly, the bishop elected to the Committee for Religious Liberty will assume the post of chairman, and the bishops elected for the remaining seven committees will serve for one year as chairmen-elect of the respective committees before beginning a three-year term as chairmen at the conclusion of the Fall General Assembly in 2021.