Surrounded by the comforts of a posh hotel, U.S. Bishops ponder the plight of the poor.

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The U.S. Bishops just held their semi-annual meeting and appeared to focus on discussing poverty, to more closely follow in the footsteps of Francis’s request for a “poor Church for the poor.”

Interestingly, this discussion focused on the poor took place at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, a high-end hotel. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of  Washington DC justified the upscale hotel venue by saying:

We have to meet at a hotel that’s big enough to hold us,” he said. “We have to meet at a hotel that’s big enough to allow media to attend.”

There are plenty of less expensive hotels in New Orleans that “are big enough to hold them.”  In addition, having visited New Orleans several times– I am familiar with the city.  A great place to hold a press conference focused on the poor is City Park, a 1,300 acre (5.3 km²) public park, which is the 6th-largest and 7th-most-visited urban public park in the United States. City Park is approximately 50% larger than Central Park in New York City.

And by the way, did you hear the U.S. Bishops speaking out at this conference about the teaching, propagation and defense of the Catholic faith?

Someone has to say the truth…


U.S. Bishops Seek to Match Vatican in Shifting Tone – (pdf)


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