Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the newly elected president of the USCCB, has been a bishop for nearly 14 years – but it’s as priest, family member and social worker that he describes himself.
The U.S. bishops at their fall general assembly in Baltimore elected new leaders, discussed taking a second collection in their dioceses for typhoon relief in the Philippines, reviewed efforts to defend traditional marriage and religious liberty, and approved development of a statement on the dangers of pornography.
“The Catholic studies program at the University of St. Thomas was the first one. And, they started something big.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Elections for a new president and vice president, a discussion and vote on a Spanish-language book of prayers at Mass, and a proposal to develop a statement on pornography are among the items awaiting the U.S. bishops when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly.
According to the Department of Agriculture, rural poverty is over two percentage points higher than urban poverty. This poverty is more pervasive and persistent: Of all the counties that experienced deep spells of poverty over a 20-year span, more than 88 percent are rural.
Echoing the appeal of Pope Francis and Catholic prelates in Syria, two leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference urged President Barack Obama to seek a political solution in Syria.
The Catholic Spirit recently interviewed Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy and public affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He will speak Sept. 4 at a discussion on faith and federal immigration reform hosted by Archbishop John Nienstedt at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. The following is an edited version of the interview.
One of the numerous surprising moments of Pope Francis’ young pontificate was the announcement that on Holy Thursday, March 28, he would celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Rome’s Casa Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre.
U.S. Catholic bishops said the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on same-sex marriage were a “tragic day for marriage and our nation.”
The U.S. bishops’ second annual Fortnight for Freedom — a period of prayer and fasting to raise awareness of challenges to religious liberty, both nationally and internationally — is planned for June 21 to July 4.