We say: Anyone looking at the published agenda of the meeting of the USCCB would say that an efficient, business-like organization could deal with that in half a day.
Faith & Parish
We say: Long overdue in the American church is a reasoned and deep discussion of U.S. militarism, the proper use of force, and the role of people of faith.
Pope Francis has named Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington, Vt., to head the diocese of Rochester, N.Y.
He succeeds Bishop Matthew Clark, who retired in September 2012.
The appointment was announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Matano's installation Mass will be Jan. 3.
He was introduced as Rochester's ninth bishop at a news conference, where he said one of his first priorities will be "to bring people back to Mass."
On an otherwise dull agenda for the fall assembly of the USCCB, one item has seen much discussion inside and outside the conference.
Opinion: This weekend's collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services is one sign that the spirit of militarism has spread among our bishops.
The archdiocese of St. Louis is putting an end to alcohol sales at youth-related events.
Under a new policy that went into effect Friday, drinking will not be allowed at any event that is directed primarily toward minors.
That means parents will no longer be allowed to throw back a few beers during their kids' soccer, volleyball and softball games. And athletic associations will no longer rake in revenue from beer sales at their concession stands.
Update: Confusion and consternation are running strong for parishioners at a Bend, Ore., church whose pastor was removed Oct. 1, and the parishioners want answers.
An Ohio priest was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from the coffers of his parish and from an 89-year-old parishioner who entrusted him to oversee her finances.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, Conn., and named as his successor Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio.
Mansell, who has headed the Hartford archdiocese since 2003, is 76. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope at 75.
A native of Detroit, Blair, 64, was installed as Toledo's bishop in 2003.
The changes were announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The mission of the Catholic church will continue to be centered on Christ, and Catholics must open up their hearts, receive a "spiritual pacemaker" from the Holy Spirit and be more like the "good Samaritan" to carry out God's will, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga told attendees at a ministry conference Friday.
Rodriguez, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, was the keynote speaker for the seventh annual University of Dallas Ministry Council, co-sponsored by the Dallas and Fort Worth dioceses and the University of Dallas in Irving.