Wednesday, November 18, 2015

U.S. Catholic Bishops Debate Voters' Guide In Light of Pope Francis' Priorities

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops report that among the actions taken yesterday at their Fall General Assembly was the adoption of a new introductory note to and limited revision of their quadrennial statement on political responsibility, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." According to Religion News Service yesterday, the debate on revision of this voters' guide highlighted the split between those bishops who want to echo the priorities of Pope Francis and those who support more traditional priorities. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, objecting that revisions had not gone far enough, told the Assembly:
I believe that this document is gravely hobbled. Specifically, I think the pope is telling us that alongside the issues of abortion and euthanasia — which are central aspects of our commitment to transform this world — poverty and the degradation of the Earth are also central.  But this document keeps to the structure of the worldview of 2007. It does not put those there.