Pope Francis’ historic and groundbreaking interview in the Jesuit magazine, America, The National Catholic Review, garnered massive media attention. His powerful, sincere and thought-provoking words have prompted change within the Catholic Church. On Friday Faithful America released a petition to bring that transformation to the United States with new leadership of the USCCB and a president more like Pope Francis.
A new petition has been drafted out of Faithful America that demands a change within the Catholic leadership of America.
U.S. Bishops need a leader like Pope Francis. Pope Francis's powerful new words on the future of the church demonstrate the urgent need for a different kind of leadership for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please, put an end to the USCCB’s right-wing campaigns by skipping over Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and picking a president who'll be more like Pope Francis.
Faithful America is an online community that aims to take hateful political agendas and rightwing extremism out of religion to make room for Jesus’ good news.
The petition requested 15,000 signatures, and one day after its release is close to its goal.Dear Faithful America member,
Millions of us are cheering for Pope Francis as he warns that the church hierarchy has become so "obsessed" with gay marriage, abortion, and birth control that it's becoming difficult to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Now, the American bishops have to decide whether to heed their pope's warning.
In just a few weeks, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be gathering to elect their next president. If they follow the usual tradition, they're likely to elevate the current USCCB vice president, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.
But Archbishop Kurtz doesn't act and talk much like Pope Francis. He spearheaded the bishops' organized campaign against marriage equality. And he's used overheated rhetoric to compare the bishops' stubborn opposition to Obamacare with the sacrifices of Christian martyrs who died for their faith.
It's up to all of us to show that there's a grassroots groundswell building behind Pope Francis's courageous words -- and that it's time for the American bishops to follow suit.
Michael and Aaron
The extensive interview, which was compiled by the magazine’s editorial team over three meetings with Pope Francis, that prompted the above petition, can be read in its entirety in America, The National Catholic Review.
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