- Oct 19, 2020
Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration recognizing “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church.
People may not want priests in either their bedroom or their voting booth, but priests have a duty to speak out on issues of moral concern and to offer people guidance on how to vote, though not for whom to vote. Principles issued by the American bishops are a good place to start.
Missionaries, nuns and other pastoral workers provide crucial assistance in identifying and freeing trafficked seafarers, according to a US State Department official in Rome for a conference on the issue.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Georgia, who was the first African-American president of the US bishops’ conference, has been appointed as chair of a new task force of the U.S. bishops to deal with racial issues brought into public consciousness following a series of summertime shootings that left both citizens and police officers among those dead.
A veteran and widely respected Catholic journalist is set to take over at the Catholic News Service, the official media agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, bringing decades of experience both in Rome and in the States to the job.
With new urgency surrounding the issue in light of the tensions that erupted in the Dallas shootings, theologians and pastoral leaders are calling on the U.S. bishops to lift up racism as an “intrinsic evil” tantamount to abortion and gay marriage.