- May 27, 2020
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.
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.
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.
At the ‘Convocation of Catholic Leaders’ held in Orlando, Florida, there was a lot of joking around and good feeling at the opening mass. Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan joked that Cardinal Timothy Dolan called him five years ago and said he’d like to come to Orlando in July. “He just didn’t say how many he invited!”
Those coming to Orlando for the USCCB’s Convocation of Catholic Leaders will be praying, listening and sharing, studying Pope Francis’s “The Joy of the Gospel,” and asking how we can all go to the peripheries and fulfill in today’s world the Great Commission given to us by Jesus Christ.