Catholic Bishops Reject Statement on Poverty, Push for Dorothy Day Sainthood

bishops-meetingA week after the presidential election, the U.S. Catholic bishops vowed to remain active on several hot-button issues, including gay marriage, which, despite the bishops’ opposition, was legalized by voters in three states. At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the bishops also voted down a statement on poverty and the economy. Those opposed argued it was not strong enough and failed to significantly highlight church teachings on social justice. Meanwhile, the bishops voted unanimously to push for sainthood for Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Day died in 1980. She spearheaded a nationwide effort to help the poor and homeless.