"As we rejoice tonight, we are also fully aware that the president's action is a temporary fix and that we must continue the hard work of promoting comprehensive reform."
Faith and Justice: The pope has caught the imagination of the world. But most of the bishops' meeting was devoted to mind-numbing housekeeping actions and reports.
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.
Church observers say they will be watching to see if any of the votes or liturgical decisions reflect a change in tone within the USCCB.
Analysis: The Vatican summit on the challenges of family life wrapped without reaching a consensus on hot-button topics. Where does that leave Francis' papacy and the church?
Q and A: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says the synod on the family is starting a process of discernment among the church's prelates.
Analysis: The English-speaking bishops at the synod want a fuller presentation of the theology of marriage, the elimination of confusing passages, and more.
The document, said Barcelona Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, is "far from being complete," but it is a collection of what was said in the first week of the synod.
Q and A: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said he hopes the synod can help support marriage and will convey "the beauty of the teachings of Jesus."