Several statements have been issued by bishops from across the country and Illinois on the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have ensued. Floyd was an African-American resident of Minneapolis who died on Mon., May 25 while handcuffed and lying on a city street during an arrest made by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer. Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market.
The Diocese of Belleville today announced that Bishop-elect Michael G. McGovern will be ordained on July 22 -- the day previous to the ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka of the Diocese of Peoria, which was announced earlier today. Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, Bishop Braxton of Chicago and Bishop Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Chicago, will serve as consecrators for the limited-attendance liturgy. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, has confirmed that he will participate in the ordination liturgy.
The Archdiocese of Chicago announces the new Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting (CBAR) program. The new USCCB service is operated by a third party and allows for the reporting and investigation of sexual misconduct by Catholic bishops in the United States.