Convocation of Catholic Leaders Archives - Crux



  • Conley: Evangelizing includes thinking outside the bureaucratic box

    Conley: Evangelizing includes thinking outside the bureaucratic box

    Catholic bishops may have a lot of bureaucratic duties to perform, but that doesn’t mean bishops believe the solution to the Church’s problems is always bureaucratic. Pressed for an example of evangelical creativity, for instance, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, points to a lawyer who sets up tables at Husker football games every weekend, handing out rosaries and answering questions about Catholicism.

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  • How should a Catholic bishop tweet?

    How should a Catholic bishop tweet?

    Bishop Daniel Flores spoke on social media use at a press conference during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” event on July 2 in Orlando, Florida. Joining him in the press conference were Dr. Hosffman Ospino, associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College; Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory of Atlanta; and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

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  • Aquila: Parishes inoculate Catholics against anti-immigrant blowback

    Aquila: Parishes inoculate Catholics against anti-immigrant blowback

    Given the mushrooming presence of undocumented immigrants in Colorado, one might think church leaders risk extra blowback when they speak out on immigrant rights. Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, however, says there’s precious little, in part because Catholics see these immigrants in their parishes and know they’re almost all “really good people.”

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  • Naumann: ‘Pope Francis’s job isn’t to make a bishop’s life easier’

    Naumann: ‘Pope Francis’s job isn’t to make a bishop’s life easier’

    Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City-Kansas candidly admits that sometimes Pope Francis makes him a little bit nervous, but also says it’s not necessarily the pope’s job to make his life easier. He also says that underlying the rise of the ‘nones’ and defections from the Church is failure to foster a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

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  • Callahan: Want to slow immigration? Invest in helping people stay home

    Callahan: Want to slow immigration? Invest in helping people stay home

    Sean Callahan, CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas humanitarian and development assistance arm of the U.S. bishops, has a potentially surprising card to play in defense of federal spending on helping other countries: Do it, he said, and you’ll find that keeping undocumented immigrants out of the U.S. becomes a whole lot easier … don’t do it, and it won’t really matter what walls you try to put up.

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  • Gregory: Pope ‘gets it’ on sex abuse, but gets it as an Argentinian

    Gregory: Pope ‘gets it’ on sex abuse, but gets it as an Argentinian

    Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, who served as president of the U.S. bishops during the white-hot period of the American abuse scandals in 2002-2003, says Pope Francis “gets it,” but cannot have the same understanding of the repercussions as someone from a culture where it’s been as intense as here. Gregory also called for deescalating rhetoric on immigration, and for defusing the bomb before it goes off with regard to racial tensions in America.

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