Church and labor leaders, including Bishop Robert McElroy and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, discussed consumerism, workers' rights and other issues at the conference "Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work."
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Distinctly Catholic: Bishop Robert McElroy spoke about three forces at work in American social and political life, in a talk given Jan. 10 at The Catholic University of America.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis knows that only with the heart of the Gospel, God's mercy, can the church find new life, and the Jubilee Year got the message out.
Simply Spirit: Aside from the usual suspects -- laity and nuns -- bishops are exercising prophetic leadership in opposing the massive deportation of refugees.
The Field Hospital: Jesuit parish to focus on human trafficking; politics in a church bulletin; "returning citizens" tell their stories; Home Starter Kit helps flood victims.
Choice for president will send a message about whether the episcopate "is sticking to its old playbook or is deciding for dramatic change," says one observer.
Working groups offer "a promising model for healing and bridge-building ... and the American church needs this desperately," says one adviser to the diocesan family synod.
Faith and Justice: The November meeting of the USCCB is an opportunity for the bishops to get with the Francis program instead of rubber stamping their same old, tired agenda.
Distinctly Catholic: The USCCB has been largely pursuing a culture warrior agenda that has served the Church very badly, tempting some Catholics to give up on the conference.