- Aug 9, 2020
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.
This week in Orlando, more than 3,000 bishops, clergy, and laity are coming together to ponder the future of the American church. The man who originally had the idea for the get-together says that if Catholics could “get their act together” and truly the embrace the full breadth of the Church’s social teaching, “we could be dangerous.”
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.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Crux over the weekend about the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders” currently unfolding in Orlando, religious freedom both in the U.S. and abroad, and what exactly the ‘Francis effect’ in the Catholic Church actually is.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is staging a major convocation of laity, clergy and religious in Orlando over the July 4 holiday. Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services, says if the gathering’s to be effective, it will require the humility to include the voices of all, including those who’ve been hurt by the Church.
Unpacking more of what the pope is saying in Evangelii Gaudium or “Joy of the Gospel” and gaining a deeper understanding of how Catholics can effectively evangelize in the modern word is something Cindy Black hopes to gain during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando, Florida, July 1-4.