'Tea Party' populist could affect US bishops' conference
February 11, 2010
Continuing a series of attacks on the political ties between the US bishops' conference and various leftist groups, Deal Hudson of Inside Catholic raises the question of whether American Catholics should organize their own equivalent of the "Tea Party" movement. Hudson (who has strong ties to the Republican Party) explains why many conservative Catholics are frustrated with the bishops' conference:
For American Catholics, the equivalent of centralized federal power is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB, the kind of episcopal conference authorized by Vatican II, has no canonical authority of its own. But its voice is considered authoritative by the media, and it is treated as such by those who applaud its lobbying efforts in Congress and the White House.
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