Progressive Catholic Bishops Are Overcoming Their Reticence

Yesterday’s (May 23, 2012) issue of The Washington Post carried a column by E.J. Dionne, Jr., called The battle among Catholic bishops. Dionne comments in the column on what he sees as evidence that progressive Catholic bishops in the United States are overcoming their reticence about publicly challenging conservative views. In his column, he references Kevin Clarke’s article in America magazine, Bishop Blaire Seeks ‘Wider Consultation’ on Religious Liberty, as an example. Dionne concludes, “For too long, the Catholic Church’s stance on public issues has been defined by the outspokenness of its most conservative bishops and the reticence of moderate and progressive prelates. Signs that this might finally be changing are encouraging for the church, and for American politics.”

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  1. #1 by Patricia on May 24, 2012 - 11:57 AM

    This is encouraging. All US Catholics need to hear the voices of progressive bishops. In fairness progressive interpretations will help all to form our consciences. Too long some bishops have remained silent and soft-spoken, perhaps fearing that rocking the boat could sink the ship. Our responsibilities as baptized Catholics include challenging and questioning. A politician recently expressed the opinion that “partisan politics” can be healthy for the development and growth in understanding all sides of issues. I think that also applies to issues surrounding religious liberty campaign of the right.


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