By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Dec 03, 2003

Unfortunately it is not (yet) online, something I'll look into to see if it can be done, but in the Nov 20th Wanderer Paul Likoudis has an interesting and hopeful article on the November bishops' meeting.

"The Conference," he writes, "is clearly seeking to repair the damages the Church in the United States suffered in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Among the indications: proposal for a new sex education document that emphasizes the teaching of morality and parental rights, a brief pamphlet explaining why contraception is immoral and harmful to marriage, a document on faith and politics, which reminds Catholic voters and politicians they have a serious moral obligation to manifest their Catholic Faith in public life by their votes, political activity and legislation; a user-friendly pamphlet outlining the Church's opposition to legislation supportin 'same-sex unions;' production of an adult catechism based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and development of guidelines for high school catechisms."

Apparently the conversation was quite blunt at times, the tone having been set by Archbishop Hughes of New Orleans, who told the whole conference right at the start that the majority of religion texts used by high school students in America are not Catholic and are incapable of being made Catholic. There was some good discussion over the Religious Education establishment and the need to "form the educators."

All in all, Paul detects a change in direction, which is hopeful. Hopeful, too, are the signs that the USCCB is in for belt-tightening as revenues decline. I am hearing talk of discussions over completely changing the format of the USCCB so that it is more an occasional convocation and less a standing bureaucracy, which would, I think, be a huge step in the right direction

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 03, 2003 8:41 PM ET USA

    "adult conversion of the baptized" is hands down the greatest need in the church today. this includes the clergy and religious. revival (repentence, conversion,and living in the power of the Holy Spirit) is the cornerstone if true reform is to come. personal testimonies from our leadership-show me by your life-how to do this, what this looks like, is needed. pray for revival. long for it. be open to it. ask for a humble and contrite heart. come Holy Spirit. geno

  • Posted by: - Dec. 03, 2003 5:21 PM ET USA

    There is no way the fruits and nuts of the USCCB will do anything to reinforce the Catholic faith as countercultural. Besides, if the media are to be believed, revenues have not declined. Most of the bishops lack any understanding of the crisis anyway. Case in point: Bsp Trautman of Erie, PA, who called for the Bishops to concentrate on the "good" priests -- the very same day the local paper ID'd yet another pedophile priest who had been known pervert for years, removed only last year.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 03, 2003 2:04 PM ET USA

    Standing bureaucracies are the moral bane of any institution. The bureaucrats start to think of themselves not as servants of the institution but as the institution itself. Which is largely the reason we get regular left-leaning pronouncements from the bishops' conference which aren't actually coming from the bishops. The bureaucrats have usurped the role our bishops have a right and duty to fulfill.