Faith and Justice: The U.S. bishops feel besieged by their opponents in the culture wars, an attitude that could carry over into their statement on political responsibility.
During the first day of their summer assembly, the U.S. bishops focused on issues of religious liberty, same-sex marriage, and participation in the U.S. political sphere.
Pope Francis has appointed the first members of the Vatican's new Council for the Economy, including seven lay experts in the fields of business, management and finance.
The Galveston-Houston cardinal said "there's bigger eggs to fry" in the church worldwide than arguments over divorced and remarried Catholics.
NCR Today: In a letter to families, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the October synod and assures Catholics that "all the People of God" will be involved in it.
Has anything changed with the U.S. Catholic bishops? It is far too early to tell, but there were a few interesting things that occurred last week in Baltimore. First of all, the bishops returned to their normal process for selecting their president by elevating the current vice president to the presidency.
All Things Catholic: Now out of leadership, Dolan used his final address as USCCB president to emphasize "the most urgent Christian story of our time," Allen writes.
Today, the bishops go into executive session and I head back to Washington. The annual "homecoming," which is what a USCCB meeting always feels like, comes to a close for us scribes even if the bishops must now attend to their most pressing issues behind closed doors.
NCR Today: Cardinal Daniel DiNardo's election as vice president of the USCCB makes him a key player in the appointment of bishops in the U.S.
Distinctly Catholic: I think everyone was surprised that the first ballot decided the election. It isn't easy to get more than 50 percent of the vote in a contest with 10 candidates.