A campaign to encourage Congress to redirect military spending toward helping the nation’s poor and marginalized has gotten support from 17 American bishops, a number those leading the campaign hope to see continue to grow.
As the United Nations annual climate meeting kicks off Nov. 30, American Catholic leaders are calling for cooperation between global leaders to further transition the world to clean energy and for them to foremost consider the needs of the poor and vulnerable.
Almost a month after the close of Pope Francis’ Oct. 4-29 Synod of Bishops on synodality, Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego says the power and depth of the conversations over the month in Rome struck him, as well as the challenge of replicating that atmosphere back home.
Out of a relatively sparse agenda, the main actions taken by the U.S. bishops at their spring general assembly were the decisions to revise the directives and ethical guidelines for Catholic heath care providers and to approve a new 10-year national pastoral plan for Hispanic ministry in the United States.
The day after Title 42 expired, lifting pandemic public health restrictions that had limited border crossings into the United States, a group of bishops along the southwest U.S.-Mexico border said they “remain committed” to the Church’s efforts to welcome migrants.
With the Diocese of San Diego facing around 400 lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse of minors by priests, religious, and laity, stimulated by a 2019 California law that opened a three-year window for victims to sue without statute of limitation limits, Cardinal Robert McElroy has informed clergy and faithful that the diocese may have to file for bankruptcy.
Cardinal-designate Robert W. McElroy told reporters May 31 that when he learned he is among the 21 new cardinals Pope Francis will create Aug. 27, “I said a big prayer.”