While recognizing that the U.S. economy has improved somewhat, a statement from the U.S. bishops addressed higher levels of poverty that have resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Archbishop Naumann encourages Catholics to get vaccinated but also calls for rights of conscience to be respected
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, encouraged Catholics to receive one of the coronavirus vaccines if they discern that it is appropriate to do so.
Bishop Felix Genn of Münster said he accepted that people were deciding not to become priests because they did not feel called to celibacy, adding: “Perhaps they will then choose another profession in the church.”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Biden administration must restore a Trump-era immigration policy known as “Remain in Mexico.”
Numerous organizations, including Catholic agencies, are accepting donations to assist with their emergency response to the Haiti earthquake.
New York bishops: Pray for Andrew Cuomo’s successor and the women who came forward with claims of harassment
The New York State Catholic Conference urged Catholics to join Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and other bishops in praying for Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul as she prepares to succeed Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Thanks be to God, I am resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care,” the cardinal wrote in a tweet.
Archbishop Koch said he regarded the double marginalization of Catholic gays — within the Catholic community as well as in the LGBTQ community — as “problematic and painful.”
“We always remain vigilant when any bureaucracy seeks to impose uniform and sweeping requirements on a group of people in areas of personal conscience,” the bishops said.