NCR Today: Three years ago, the U.S. bishops opted for a candidate other than the current vice president. Tuesday, the bishops re-established that norm.
Three days after a new study suggested a majority of Catholics think a new series of liturgical translations should not go forward, the bishops are debating whether to approve them.
In the last two years, the bishops have fought the Obama administration's health care law. But that fight was barely mentioned Monday morning.
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.
Chief among perceived threats to religious liberty is the mandate that most employers provide coverage for artificial contraception, which the church morally opposes.
There is a growing crisis in unfunded retirement and elderly care costs that religious orders of men and women face, a crisis the bishops need to examine.
Dropping or combining national collections results in a loss of nearly $3 million annually, said Bishop Kevin Farell, chairman of the National Collections Comittee.
The U.S. bishops' conference has approved the hiring of a director of public affairs and a consolidating of its communications department.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George urged bishops to enlist Day in battle against the Obama administration's contraception mandate and endorsement of gay rights.