- Jan 25, 2021
Five Catholic women who were excommunicated from the Diocese of Lincoln in the 1990s due to their membership in a group that pushes for changes in church policies pertaining to women could be allowed to fully participate in services again.
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.
In a recent column, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln joined the choir of bishops opposing Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies. Conley wrote that restricting immigration policies would do “very little to resolve the immigration problems in our country.”
“The Lord calls those who are divorced and civilly remarried, or who are cohabiting, to continence,” said Bishop James Conley. “Like every person conscious of grave sin, divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who engage in ongoing sexual relationships may not approach Holy Communion.”
A spokesman for the Diocese of Lincoln, said advertisements from a pro-death penalty group “unfairly cherry-picked portions of Bishop Conley’s comments … to misrepresent the central message of our bishops: that executing people solves no problems in our state.”
Facing a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that many Catholic voters find depressing, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, says it’s perfectly legitimate for Catholics to spurn that choice and to pick a third option.