"You know the stuff about the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent? Well, when you get here ... It's particularly vicious."
The 18 U.S. bishops who conducted a 12-day prayer pilgrimage for peace in the Holy Land in September came away with new perspectives on the ongoing tensions in the Middle East, according to Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M.
He was one of the bishops who visited many of the sacred sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam during the trip.
Though there were no actions on the U.S. bishops' agenda in Baltimore dealing with immigration, poverty and other public policy issues, the president of their conference said Tuesday he hopes to meet with President Barack Obama and the leaders of the House and Senate soon on several topics.
A proposed 3 percent hike in diocesan assessments for 2016 to fund the U.S. bishops' national operations fell three votes short of approval in electronic balloting Tuesday during the second day of the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.
Under the electronic balloting system, votes are kept secret, but the system knows which bishops vote, so the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will send mail ballots to complete the vote.
"The priority ... has to be to proclaim the joy, the mercy and the love of Jesus Christ at all times and in all places and to all people."
The church needs to do a better job of encouraging Latino families and underserved populations to send their children to Catholic schools, the bishops were told Monday during their annual fall assembly in Baltimore.
"If efforts are not made to reach out to them, they won't think it's a viable option," said Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.
Speeches and reports at the meeting touched on a number of issues and themes -- religious freedom, mercy, the "culture of death" -- but were light on plans of action.
"No one I know who wants to become a priest says they want to run a business, but that's what a parish often is."
Sulpician Fr. Ronald Witherup, a U.S. priest, has been re-elected for a second six-year term as superior general of the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice, as the Sulpicians are formally known.
The Sulpicians are an international society of diocesan priests focused on the education and formation of priests and future priests.
The Eucharist conforms Catholics to "the pattern of Christ's self-giving love" and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year's Fortnight for Freedom.
The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi.
"By entering the dynamic of Christ's self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between," he said in his homily.