"This article on the Roman Catholic bishops' meeting in Baltimore was very upsetting. These men have created a very dire situation for the church in the United States by their handling of the pedophile crisis and fight against women's health care rights. Over 30 million people have left the church in the United States. Pope Francis has called for Roman Catholics throughout the world to stand up for justice and in solidarity with those in need — "the preferential option for the poor."
The United States has more than 11 million people unemployed. We have more than 100,000 homeless veterans, 47 million people on food stamps, and 44 million without health insurance. More than 1.6 million children are homeless.
The bishops, not addressing the injustice and economic inequality in America, say they will instead "take up the cause of Christians who are persecuted and killed for their faith in other countries."
For me this is hypocrisy when children and families are homeless and are starving all across America. They are not taking on the pope's priorities "for the poor." They are running away from their spiritual responsibility as followers of Jesus and as priests and pastors in our own country."