In discussing the agenda, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the archbishop emeritus, asked that the USCCB state their support for Cardinal Timothy Dolan's prior letter to the Speaker of the House, urging passage of immigration reform. The full body approved the motion by a unanimous voice vote.
Fall bishops' meeting 2013
Two Catholic nonprofit groups urged Monday that the U.S bishops, meeting here for their annual assembly, follow the lead of Pope Francis in building a "church for the poor" in the United States.
Specifically, the groups said, the American prelates could make their national office a "bishops' conference for the poor" by drafting a new statement on the continuing economic crisis and by launching a nationwide poverty awareness campaign.
As the U.S. bishops start their annual meeting, they face a number of tough choices, including with whom to eat. A Catholic Worker hopes they choose his alternative dinner Tuesday.
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.
NCR Today: When the U.S. bishops meet Nov. 11-14 in Baltimore, people expect them to discuss the pastoral priorities facing the church in the United States.
Next week’s plenary session of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be very telling. Yes, their public agenda is a “pre-Francis” one, but this will not be the first meeting at which the real action takes place in executive session. There, the bishops face five immediate issues that warrant their attention.
Next week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will preside over the USCCB meeting as president for the last time. Before looking ahead, it is necessary to look back and assess the last three years.
On an otherwise dull agenda for the fall assembly of the USCCB, one item has seen much discussion inside and outside the conference.
Distinctly Catholic: The USCCB has announced its top 10 candidates for presidency and vice presidency. Who will take the spots?