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US bishops to vote on priorities, economics document

November 08, 2012

Members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss a draft document on the economy when they gather in Baltimore for their fall meeting and will decide their priorities for the next four years.

The bishops desire that the document, “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times,” will “encourage prayer and study, as well as conversation and discussion, within our parishes and our dioceses, in order that together we may find creative and constructive ways of resolving the economic problems we face,” according to the draft of the text.

The bishops’ proposed priorities for the next four years are “focus on faith” (2013-14), “focus on worship and parish life” (2014-15), and “focus on witness” (2015-16).

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 11, 2012 4:13 PM ET USA

    I have heard more than enough from the USCCB and bishops as to the economy. Too many of them are for a big government agenda and solution to all ills. They should help the truly needy with support of a safety net and then help through churchs. Where is the grace and charity when government steals what you have to redistribute to others who sit around, smoke pot, and contribute nothing. If the church continues to support this type of action then what is next?

  • Posted by: impossible - Nov. 09, 2012 8:08 PM ET USA

    Priorities????? How about reforming themselves and getting down to their business which is to teach, sanctify and govern. They are to be in communion with the Pope not against him. That being said, there are some snakes in the woodpile of the Vatican as well.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2012 11:34 AM ET USA

    I hope they look deep within (themselves) and find a way to correct their lack of teaching clergy and the faithful over the last 40-50 years, because their negligence has had disastrous consequences in the last two presidential elections. Consequences from which we may never fully recover. Savanarola is right: Exit polls showed that exactly 50% of Catholics who voted chose Obama. That is completely unacceptable! The bishops need to acknowledge that statistic and take responsibility for it.

  • Posted by: filioque - Nov. 09, 2012 12:40 AM ET USA

    Why a new theme every year? The bishops should start with "Catechise our priests and then demand that they catechise the people and keep it up forever, because that's the only job we have."

  • Posted by: joancollins507161 - Nov. 08, 2012 6:42 PM ET USA

    It is time for the good bishops to stress that Freedom is better than Free Stuff, that free stuff does not equal social justice and that government handouts eventually lead to serfdom and subservience. Somehow, I don't think that will be their message.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 08, 2012 5:13 PM ET USA

    How about some focus on the lessons to be learned from the fact that the majority of Catholics have just voted for the most pro-abortion president in American history?