The Baltimore Agenda

Statements on preaching and ways that bishops can respond to modern-day challenges to church teaching by using new technologies are among the items the U.S. bishops will consider when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly. Scheduled for Nov. 12 to 15, the assembly also will consider a statement on work and the economy proposed by its Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development as a way to raise public awareness of growing poverty and the struggles experienced by unemployed people. The bishops are also scheduled to vote on a document encouraging Catholics to see Lent next year as an opportunity to return to regular celebration of the sacrament of penance and reconciliation. A statement on work and the economy, titled “Catholic Reflections on Work, Poverty and a Broken Economy,” is expected to advance the bishops’ priority of human life and dignity to demonstrate the new evangelization in action.

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