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NEWS BRIEFS Nov-13-2012

By Catholic News Service

U.S.

Committees to prepare document on bishops' use of new technologies

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The chairmen of four U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committees will begin work soon on drafting a document that reiterates the teaching authority of local bishops while urging them to use new technologies to share Catholic theology. The end result is expected to complement a 20-year-old document on the teaching authority of diocesan bishops, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Doctrine. The bishops Nov. 12 agreed in a voice vote to the appointment of a working group that includes the chairmen of the committees on doctrine, evangelization and catechesis, and canonical affairs and church governance to draft the document. No timeline for development of the document was announced. Originally, the bishops were to consider a document titled "Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities for the Exercise of the Teaching Ministry of the Diocesan Bishop," which was developed by the Committee on Doctrine. It called upon bishops to take advantage of new technologies -- including social media, blogging and cellphone technology -- to respond and explain church teaching when an aspect of church teaching is portrayed inaccurately, particularly by theologians. A draft of the document was circulated to the bishops prior to the meeting and appeared in media packets as the assembly convened. However, Cardinal Wuerl decided to withdraw it in favor of a more comprehensive statement that would be in line with the bishops' proposed new communications plan, up for discussion and vote Nov. 13, and the ongoing work throughout the USCCB that is related to the new evangelization.

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Bishops OK first new preaching document in 30 years

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. The document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives. The vote was 227-11, with four abstentions. Approval required two-thirds of the membership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or 182 votes. The document was prepared by the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees. During discussion on the document Nov. 13, the bishops accepted a plea from Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, N.M., to include his amendment urging Catholics to make an extra effort to listen to the homilies of foreign-born priests for whom English or Spanish is not their first language. Those priests' speech "may have a heavy accent that the congregation cannot understand," Bishop Ramirez said. "We have many foreign priests coming to work in our dioceses," he added. "Even though it takes an extra effort to understand what they are saying, they have wisdom. They are inspired by the Holy Spirit. ... The people have to make an extra effort to understand their wisdom."

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Bishop says West Virginia's poverty causing 'anguish,' urges outreach

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) -- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston in a new pastoral letter called attention to poverty in West Virginia and its devastating effects on the state's children, and urged outreach to the poor as part of the Catholic Church's new evangelization efforts. "It is my hope to speak to the grief and anguish of the poor among us, especially the experience of our children and families in poverty, and offer to them a compassionate message of joy and hope," he said in the letter, "Setting Children Free: Loosening the Bonds of Poverty in West Virginia." He wrote: "At the same time, I want to invite you, dear brothers and sisters, to join me in compassionate care for the poor and continual solicitude on their behalf." The letter, issued in early November, is his fourth pastoral since he became bishop of the statewide diocese. The bishop noted that West Virginia has higher incidents of low birth weight and infant mortality than the national average. The child death rate is higher, as is the percentage of children approved for free and reduced-price school meals. The rate of child abuse and neglect is above the national average, as are the number of children with poor oral health, the teen birth rate, and percent of births to unmarried teens. All of these statistics, taken together, he said, give a clear understanding of the experience of poverty among young people and its consequences for their health.

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Proposed economic message fails; opponents say more consultation needed

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops' effort to send a pastoral message of hope in trying economic times came up short of the votes needed Nov. 13, after concerns were raised about its limitations, its expedited process and whether it actually was something that they would use to reach out to people. With the vote of 134 to 85 and nine abstentions falling short of the 152 needed for the two-thirds required for passage, "The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Times: A Pastoral Message on Work, Poverty and the Economy" was set aside on the second day of the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. "There's no sting, no bite to this," said retired Auxiliary Bishop Peter A. Rosazza of Hartford, asking for it to be set aside. He noted that there had been no consultation with an economist in the document's preparation, as requested when the message was commissioned. "I think we have to teach and challenge where challenge is needed, in the spirit of Amos, Jeremiah, Pope John Paul II and Dorothy Day," he said. "I don't think we have that here." At their June meeting in Atlanta, by a vote of 171-26, the bishops had asked for "something more than a public statement" to express their concern about poverty and the struggles of unemployed people. The result, whose length was within the 12 to 16 pages suggested in June, was criticized on the floor in Baltimore after it was introduced Nov. 12 for a variety of reasons, including for being too long to be practical and for failing to include a variety of points and historical references. Still, almost every bishop who rose to speak about it pointedly acknowledged the hard work of the drafting committee, headed by Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, and the staff. Some who encouraged voting it down suggested ways of preserving the work for a subsequent document, to be written following a more typical USCCB process and under the direction of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

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USCCB moves to develop comprehensive public affairs strategy

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- In an effort to strengthen its communications and public relations efforts, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the hiring of a director of public affairs as efforts begin to reorganize the conference's Communications Department. The position would work to unify messages on the activities and stances of the USCCB -- not individual dioceses or bishops -- and better carry out church campaigns related to new evangelization, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, USCCB president. The Nov. 13 vote on hiring the director of public affairs was 202-25 with four abstentions during the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. Cardinal Dolan told the assembly that whoever fills the position also would likely speak on behalf of the USCCB to the media and provide background on church teaching to public officials and in other venues. The person appointed to the position would be responsible for developing a "more intentional, focused, comprehensive and unified communications strategy" based on church teaching and focused on promoting the new evangelization, according to a supporting document distributed a day before the vote. "The strategy," the document said, "should create strong and powerful messages that result in a higher level of understanding and acceptance by Catholics and other audiences." In addition, the director of public affairs would speak on behalf of the bishops in response to media inquiries and strengthen the awareness of the church's teachings among Catholics and the wider society, the document said.

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Bishops approve $220 million budget, add military services collection

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a 2013 budget of $220.4 million and agreed to add a national collection for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services. The vote was 200-24 with nine abstentions on the budget. The budget for 2013 represents a 1.3 percent increase from 2012. The new collection for the military archdiocese would begin in 2013. Under the plan, the collection would be taken voluntarily in parishes every three years. Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, of Wheeling-Charleston, W. Va., USCCB treasurer, said the 2013 budget includes a surplus totaling more than $749,000. He also told the bishops that there was a projected surplus of $250,000 for 2014, meaning there was no need to seek an increase in the annual diocesan assessment for USCCB operations. The conference also has taken steps to ease growing long-term deficits from expenditures under its pension plan. The conference announced in September the intent to change the plan from a defined benefit program to a defined contribution arrangement beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The retirement benefits of employees vested on that date will be frozen and the new program will then kick in. Bishop Bransfield said the new arrangement will stabilize costs and allow the pension program to be sustainable into the future. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., asked about the impact of the pension program's changes on single women in particular. Noting that his archdiocese was undergoing a similar revision of its retirement plan, he suggested that the USCCB review the changes being implemented to ease the financial impact on single women. Bishop Bransfield said the plan had been under development since 2011 and that due consideration was given to the situation of all employees. He explained that employees vested by the end of 2013 would not lose benefits.

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Bishops approve expanding optional memorial for Blessed Francis Seelos

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- A move to expand a liturgical memorial for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, a German-born Redemptorist priest who ministered throughout antebellum-era America for more than 20 years, was approved nearly unanimously Nov. 13 by the U.S. bishops during their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. The vote was 213-1 with one abstention. Approval requires a two-thirds vote of the Latin-rite bishops with subsequent confirmation by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. The action item on the optional memorial was handled by the bishops' Committee on Divine Worship, chaired by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans. Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Ala., for more than 20 years noted that Blessed Seelos came to the United States because of the pastoral needs of the growing country. "That can be a source of encouragement to our seminarians who come to us from other countries." Blessed Seelos also was "remarkable in his pastoral zeal," Archbishop Rodi said. "That can be a source of encouragement to our priests as well," he added. Further, Blessed Seelos ministered at a time when "immigrants were not welcomed well in many circumstances," Archbishop Rodi said. "That has a contemporary significance as well." Beatified in 2000, the feast day for Blessed Seelos (pronounced SEE-loss) is Oct. 5. At the time of his beatification, the memorial for Blessed Seelos was just for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It was expanded in 2009 to the New Orleans province, which takes in all Louisiana dioceses, and raised to the status of an obligatory memorial.

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Bishops approve exhortation encouraging greater use of penance

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops Nov. 13 overwhelmingly approved an exhortation encouraging Catholics to take advantage of the sacrament of penance, also known as reconciliation. The vote, which required approval of two-thirds of the bishops, was 236-1. The text was prepared by the bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, chaired by Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis. The exhortation quotes from the Gospel of John after Jesus arose and told the Apostles: "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them." In so doing, the exhortation says, Jesus was "proclaiming that all the suffering he had just endured was in order to make available the gifts of salvation and forgiveness." It adds, "In the sacrament of penance and reconciliation, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in him. In this sacrament, he prepares us to receive him with a lively faith, earnest hope, and sacrificial love in the Eucharist. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we repent, let go of any pattern of sin, grow in the life of virtue and witness to a joyful conversion." Bishop Ricken, in remarks Nov. 12, said the document was prepared so that it "might assist in the conversion of hearts for Jesus Christ, which is at the heart of evangelization." He added the exhortation is "rooted in the teachings" of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The brevity of this statement is intended to foster a wide dissemination in parish bulletins, diocesan publications and social media. In response to a question, Bishop Ricken said the document, if approved, would be published as a pamphlet.

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USCCB's strategic plan responds to church's call for new evangelization

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's call for a new evangelization will guide the work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next four years under a strategic plan adopted during the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. Operating under the theme "Journey with Christ: Faith/Worship/Witness," the plan offers a "road map" for the conference to shape programs and activities to strengthen the faith of Catholics and position them to be active witnesses to their faith in all aspects of life. Covering the period from 2013 through 2016, the plan was overwhelmingly approved with 233 votes. Four bishops abstained. The plan reaffirms the mission and structure of the USCCB, focuses on priority issues of the bishops and reiterates the collaborative work necessary across the conference to build the community of faith, explained Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the Committee on Priorities and Plans. The strategic plan includes a series of actions, or what Bishop Murry called a "road map," that suggests ways in which conference projects can be aligned with a possible approach that dioceses or parishes may want to adapt. During the plan's first year, the focus will be on faith and activities closely tied to the Year of Faith, which began in October and runs through November 2013. Programs will be aimed at helping Catholics deepen their relationship with Jesus and increase their knowledge of church teaching.

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WORLD

Catholic religious help South Sudan train badly needed nurses, midwives

WAU, South Sudan (CNS) -- Catholics from around the globe are playing a key role in building a health care system in the world's newest country. It's a daunting task: Following decades of war, South Sudan is only halfway through its second year of independence. There is little infrastructure. Trained health personnel are few. The nation has the world's worst maternal mortality rate, and its infant mortality rate is not far behind. Yet the Catholic bishops of South Sudan were determined to change that, and in 2004 -- as the country was about to formally end its long civil war -- they invited an international network of religious orders and congregations to start training nurses and midwives at a medical training school in Wau. The bishops built the school in 1980 but were forced to close it in 1983 as fighting engulfed the area. When members of Solidarity with South Sudan finally arrived in Wau in 2008, they found most of the buildings ransacked. Displaced families lived in the ruins. Solidarity -- which today has 32 members in South Sudan, seven of them based in Wau -- began to rebuild the school and student dormitories. In 2010, the Catholic Health Training Institute started classes for registered nurses. In 2012, it added a course for registered midwives. Sister Dorothy Dickson, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions who serves as the institute's director, said adequately trained nurses and midwives are in short supply. "Because of the war, medical training was sporadic and short. Someone might become a nurse after going through a three-week course in nutrition, a two-week course in malaria, and one week studying cholera. Formal training of registered nurses simply didn't happen. And no one would start a two- or three-year program because you couldn't be sure how long you would be in one place before you'd have to flee from the fighting," Sister Dickson, who is from New Zealand, told Catholic News Service.

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US superior of SSPX denies group is anti-Semitic

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The traditionalist Society of St. Pius X "completely rejects the false claim that it teaches or practices anti-Semitism, which is a racial hatred of the Jewish people whether on account of their ethnicity, culture or religious beliefs," said the society's U.S. district superior. Father Arnaud Rostand, the district superior, issued a statement to Catholic News Service Nov. 11 in response to comments by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, who said the Vatican's reconciliation talks with the SSPX did not signal the Vatican's willingness to accept priests or members who hold anti-Semitic positions. "Cardinal Koch's false charge of anti-Semitism within our religious congregation casts the SSPX in a negative light and at a very sensitive time for the entire church," Father Rostand said. "Furthermore, our legal counsel has suggested that His Eminence's accusation is tantamount to defamation, since it insinuates that our society is a racist organization." Cardinal Koch, who was addressing members of the commission that coordinates and promotes dialogue with Jewish groups, said many people involved in the dialogue -- and not just Jewish participants -- were worried that the Vatican's efforts to bring the SSPX back into full communion with the Catholic Church signaled a possible downplaying of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on relations with the Jews. The cardinal said Pope Benedict XVI had directed him to make it clear that the Catholic Church continues to hold to the document's teachings: on the special spiritual bond between Judaism and Christianity; its rejection of claims that all Jews of Jesus' time and Jews today bear responsibility for Jesus' death; and its condemnation of any form of anti-Judaism or anti-Semitism.

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Vatican: Revised charter for health care workers to be out next year

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican was preparing to release an update to its 1995 Charter for Health Care Workers that would include the church's expanded teachings on bioethics, health coverage and so-called "orphan drugs." The charter, which provides a thorough summary of the church's position on affirming the primary, absolute value of life in the health field, "needed adequate supplementation," said Camillian Father Augusto Chendi, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry. Revisions and updates were needed not only to reflect clarifications since 1995 on church teaching in bioethics, "but also concerning aspects that are increasingly a part of the health field," he said during a Vatican news conference Nov. 13. The target date for the new charter's release is June 16, which is the Dignity of Life Day during the Year of Faith, he said. However, the date is not certain since the new charter still needs to be reviewed and get approval by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Vatican's Secretariat of State. It will also have to be translated into major languages, and each translation will require the same review and approval as well, he added. The current charter lists its directives under three categories: procreation, life and death. Father Chendi said the new charter will add the problems of "the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity," making decisions and taking action at the simplest, most decentralized and most local level possible.

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Bolivian census to allow citizens to register as indigenous

LA PAZ, Bolivia (CNS) -- On normal days, the streets of La Paz are choked with snarling traffic jams, children walking to school and the bustle of Indian women selling everything from fruit and snacks to newspapers. Nov. 21 will see a respite from the usual honking din and dangerous drivers. The only people allowed on the streets -- apart from emergency services personnel -- will be several thousand volunteers and university students. They have been recruited to carry out a census of the Andean country's 10.2 million inhabitants, most of whom will be grounded at home. It will be the first census since Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, took office in 2006. Many analysts see the census as an important stage in the consolidation of the 2009 Constitution, which set out the lay nature of the new Plurinational State of Bolivia. The constitution recognizes the co-existence of 36 different indigenous peoples throughout its territory and offers each autonomous rule. It is in sharp contrast with former constitutions, which only recognized the mestizos, relegating the Indians to secondary status. Bolivia's bishops have been critical of the census, an exercise that will take approximately 40 minutes in each household. The bishops' conference has criticized its failure to include a question on religious beliefs -- in a country where formerly the official religion was Catholicism -- and they say it excludes the mestizo population, currently estimated at 30 percent. "The census should be an instrument that reveals objective reality in all areas of people's lives and in Bolivian society, including issues as sensitive as religious and socio-cultural identity," the bishops' conference said in a Sept. 17 statement signed by its general-secretary, Bishop Oscar Aparicio Cespedes, Bolivia's military bishop.

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Eastern Catholics explain tradition, value of married priests

ROME (CNS) -- In Eastern Christianity -- among both Catholics and Orthodox -- a dual vocation to marriage and priesthood are seen as a call "to love more" and to broaden the boundaries of what a priest considers to be his family, said Russian Catholic Father Lawrence Cross. Father Cross, a professor at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, was one of the speakers at the Chrysostom Seminar in Rome Nov. 13, a seminar focused on the history and present practice of married priests in the Eastern churches. The Code of Canons of the Eastern (Catholic) Churches insist that "in the way they lead their family life and educate their children, married clergy are to show an outstanding example to other Christian faithful." Speakers at the Rome conference -- sponsored by the Australian Catholic University and the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa -- insisted the vocation of married priests in the Eastern churches cannot be understood apart from an understanding of the sacramental vocation of married couples. "Those who are called to the married priesthood are, in reality, called to a spiritual path that in the first place is characterized by a conjugal, family form of life," he said, and priestly ordination builds on the vocation they have as married men. Father Cross and other speakers at the conference urged participants to understand the dignity of the vocation of marriage in the way Blessed John Paul II did: as a sacramental expression of God's love and as a path to holiness made up of daily acts of self-giving and sacrifices made for the good of the other.

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PEOPLE

Sydney cardinal welcomes government inquiry into child sexual abuse

SYDNEY (CNS) -- The royal commission into the sexual abuse of children, which will include investigations into Catholics, is an opportunity "to separate fact from fiction," said Sydney Cardinal George Pell. Cardinal Pell addressed media Nov. 13 on the "enormously important topic and very painful topic." The cardinal and other church leaders "are not interested in denying the extent of misdoing in the Catholic Church" and will cooperate fully with the royal commission, he said. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the royal commission into institutional responsibility regarding child sexual abuse after repeated calls for an inquiry from politicians and victims groups. In early November, a senior police officer alleged that the Catholic Church had covered up evidence involving clergy sex abuse. Cardinal Pell said the church acknowledged "with shame the extent of the problem," and added, "I want to assure you that we have been serious in attempting to eradicate it and deal with it." But he objected to allegations being "exaggerated" and the Catholic Church being singled out. "One of the good things about this royal commission is that it doesn't focus exclusively on us," he said. "I don't think we should be scapegoated. "We'll answer for what we've done. We're not trying to defend the indefensible," he added. The cardinal, who expected to be questioned at the royal commission, said he hoped the inquiry would bring victims "some peace, that they will feel that justice has been done."

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CCHD's Bernardin New Leadership Award winner keeps Christ at the center

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- For Stanford University history major Karl Kumodzi, when injustice cries out Christians have a responsibility to act. From aiding "unhoused" people in Palo Alto, Calif., where Stanford is located, to working with his mother in Las Vegas to establish a foundation to help educate Togolese students, Kumodzi finds that working to overcome the unpleasantness of injustice is what Catholics are called to do. A refugee from Togo as a year-old child with his political activist mother in 1993, Kumodzi said it is God who sets the agenda in his life. For his work, Kumodzi, 20, was honored by the U.S. bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development Nov. 12 with the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin New Leadership Award during the U.S. bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. The award, named for the late Chicago cardinal, has been presented annually since 1998 to a young adult working to empower others and respond to injustice in his or her community. Kumodzi said his response to the injustices he sees extends from his Catholic faith and the life of Christ. "Jesus is the biggest person that I try to be like and I try to emulate," he told Catholic News Service prior to the award ceremony during the U.S. bishops' fall general assembly. "Jesus spent his whole life loving people and showing that love through actions. That's pretty much what I try to do. I want to emulate love," he said.

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Bishops vote for treasurer-elect, committee chairmen-elect, CRS board

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops Nov. 12 chose a treasurer-elect, along with the chairmen-elect of five committees and new members of the board of Catholic Relief Services, during the first day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. In electronic voting Nov. 12, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas, treasurer-elect for the Committee on Budget and Finance, over Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, N.Y., in a 123-113 vote. They also chose chairmen-elect, who will serve for a year alongside the current chairmen before taking charge of the committees next November for a three-year term. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C., chairman-elect of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, over Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh, 167-72; Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman-elect of the Committee on Divine Worship, over Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, 122-115; Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman-elect of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, over Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Francisco, 144-95; Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, N.Y. (and current administrator of the Diocese of Portland, Maine), chairman-elect of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, over Bishop Paul J. Bradley of Kalamazoo, Mich., 148-90; and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle, chairman-elect of the Committee on Migration, over Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y., 122-117. Bishops elected to the board of CRS, the U.S. church's overseas relief and development agency, board were: Bishop Malone of Buffalo; Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of Saginaw, Mich.; Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of St. Maron of Brooklyn; and Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J.

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US bishops endorse sainthood cause of Catholic Worker's Dorothy Day

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops, on a voice vote, endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who was famously quoted as saying, "Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily." The endorsement came at the end of a canonically required consultation that took place Nov. 13, the second day of the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. Under the terms of the 2007 Vatican document "Sanctorum Mater," the diocesan bishop promoting a sainthood cause must consult at least with the regional bishops' conference on the advisability of pursuing the cause. In the case of Day, whose Catholic Worker ministry was based in New York City, the bishop promoting her cause is Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops' conference. The cause was first undertaken by one of Cardinal Dolan's predecessors in New York, Cardinal John O'Connor. Cardinal Dolan had earlier conducted a consultation with bishops in his region, and subsequently chose to seek a consultation with the full body of U.S. bishops. He and the other bishops who spoke during the consultation, some of whom had met Day, called her sainthood cause an opportune moment in the life of the U.S. church. Cardinal Dolan called Day's journey "Augustinian," saying that "she was the first to admit it: sexual immorality, there was a religious search, there was a pregnancy out of wedlock, and an abortion. Like Saul on the way to Damascus, she was radically changed" and has become "a saint for our time."

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