- Oct 16, 2020
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles isn’t just any bishop, but one of the most influential prelates in the U.S. and, arguably, the world, seeing himself as a “bridge” between the Americans and a tribune for Hispanic/Latino issues in the States, especially immigration.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says that when Pope Francis visited the Big Apple one year ago, he was probably expecting a cold metropolis with people only interested in making a buck, and what he found instead was a warm, exuberant milieu filled with deep faith.
Kelsey Hazzard, the founder of “Secular Pro-Life,” has a blunt message for religiously motivated opponents of abortion: “if you’re out to make a case for life to the general public, lay off the God talk. Legally, religious considerations can’t form the sole basis for public policy anyhow.”
Mary Rice Hasson, who heads the Catholic Women’s Forum, was part of a group that recently issued a statement affirming Church teaching on sexuality and artificial contraception, and she argues that the negative fallout of birth control affects women most, especially the poor and women of color.
“The pope liked to ride with his window rolled down. He kept asking the driver to get him closer to the crowds,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. about Pope Francis’s visit last year. “it was a symbol to us– if you are going to reach people, invite people, touch people, ‘lower the window’.”
Although a ‘Yes’ vote is likely on Oct. 2, Colombians remain deeply divided over a peace agreement reached in Havana between the government and the guerrillas. In an exclusive interview for Crux, the Colombian bishops’ number two explains why bishops are not telling people which way to vote — only that they must.