Distinctly Catholic: With the bishops, politics are submerged, as if it were the height of bad manners to admit what everyone can sense in the room.
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.
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Faith and Justice: A journalist has some failings he'd like to get off his chest, so he goes to see a priest for confession.
Faith and Justice: On immigration, the bishops, unlike politicians, show their concern for the poor and their clear attention to the root causes of the crisis.
Faith and Justice: Watching the U.S. Catholic bishops and the Obama administration fight each other has been a depressing experience. The two are natural allies on many issues.
NCR Today: "It's a wonderful opportunity to move in a little different direction with my career in Catholic media," Mercy Sr. Mary Ann Walsh said.
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.
Grace on the Margins: W. Bradford Wilcox wrote that one way to end violence against women is for women to stop sleeping around and get married.
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.