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Spring General Assembly Of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Underway In St. Louis

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Spring General Assembly Of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Underway In St. Louis

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  The Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is underway in St. Louis.  The two-day event got underway on Wednesday at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown St. Louis. This issue of racism was addressed at the beginning of the event. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky and the president […]

Spring General Assembly Of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Underway In St. Louis

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  The Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is underway in St. Louis.  The two-day event got underway on Wednesday at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

This issue of racism was addressed at the beginning of the event. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky and the president of the USCCB, made mention of the meeting being held so close to Ferguson, where civil unrest erupted following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer.

Kurtz said:” We join our voices with civic and religious leaders in pledging to work for healing and reconciliation. Our efforts must address root causes of these conflicts. A violent, sorrowful history of racial injustice, accompanied by a lack of educational, employment and housing opportunities, has destroyed communities and broken down families, especially those who live in distressed urban communities. Confronted by these realities, the familiar words of Blessed Pope Paul VI still resonate and continue to call us to action in our day: if you want peace, work for justice.”

A news conference was also held on Wednesday to address questions about the meeting and the role of the Church in today’s society. Kurtz addressed a question of what we can expect from the Pope’s upcoming encyclical. “I think our holy father has already hinted as talking about an intrinsic ecology. Were talking about care for human beings, care for the poorest and most vulnerable of human beings.”

The Vatican has announced that the Pope’s encyclical on climate change will be released on June 18th. This will be the first encyclical of his papacy.

The role of social media was also addressed in the press conference. Archbishop John Wester of Sante Fe, New Mexico, said that while social media is useful, it must be handled with care. “One of the challenges that we have as bishops is that quite often things that we say publicly require a certain amount of thought, consideration, and prayer and in the digital media things are very rapid.” Wester adds: “I think we  something to retain always and that is a certain thoughtfulness and prayerfullness about our communications.”

The Spring General Assembly wraps up Thursday.

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