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For U.S. bishops, economic justice isn't on the agenda

For U.S. bishops, economic justice isn't on the agenda

At a time of staggering poverty, rampant unemployment and growing income inequality, Catholic bishops will gather for a national meeting in Baltimore today and remain largely silent about these profound moral issues. A recent Catholic News Service headline about the meeting — "Bishops' agenda more devoted to internal matters than societal ills" — is a disappointing snapshot for a church that has long been a powerful voice for economic justice.

The U.S. bishops' relative silence contrasts with a recent Vatican document that urges stronger regulation of the financial sector and a more just distribution of wealth. Urging reforms to the left of even the most...

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