(Crux) Given that the Catholic Church in America has roots that go back well before there was such a thing as the “United States,” very little is truly unprecedented. Yet the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders” unfolding July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida, is close – a gathering of around 3,500 bishops, clergy and laity, representing 80 percent of the dioceses in the country, together pondering Catholic prospects in the 21st century.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and thus, in a sense, the host, says one soundbite of stating its aim is this: Figuring out how to apply the vision laid out by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel,” in the America of the here-and-now.
Of that document, DiNardo said, “He certainly thinks it’s really important, and if the pope thinks it’s important, then we think it’s important!
“Maybe it’s too prosaic to say it, but I also think [the purpose of the convocation] to bring the Church together and say, ‘We are one in Jesus’,” DiNardo said.
“We can do something with that, even in light of so many ups and downs, the various parts of the country we have, the various points of view, the ‘nones,’ the millennials whatever,” he said. [More]