- Oct 26, 2020
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who heads a Committee on Religious Liberty the U.S. bishops recently voted to make permanent rather than ad-hoc, applauds the recent “Trinity Lutheran” decision of the Supreme Court allowing a religious school to receive government aid to resurface a playground, and says it should trigger a push to eliminate all “Blaine amendments” from state constitutions.
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles found himself close to tears on July 2 describing the impact on families of deportations of undocumented immigrants. “In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, many times children don’t want to go to the Catholic schools because they think that their parents are not going to be home in the evening. They really suffer,” he said.
As Nevada becomes the latest U.S. state to tolerate marijuana use, Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute lays out the standard Catholic cautions about drugs but also asks whether criminalizing their use serves the greater good.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said he wants to “stick with” his old friend Cardinal George Pell of Australia, who’s facing criminal charges of sexual abuse. He also said the Catholic Church needs to be more aggressive in speaking out about anti-Christian persecution – and suggested that Pope Francis may have a unique capacity to call out offenders.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, a former president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, discusses the impetus behind the convocation happening now in Orlando as well as the recent Supreme Court decision concerning religious freedom.
According to Kerry Robinson, who’s long been a leading voice in the Catholic Church in the United States, women should be in positions of leadership in the Church, not because they deserve it, but because the Church would benefit fully from what women have to offer.