George: B16 "Very Concerned" About US Church
On his second day in Rome, as planned, George attended the canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin of Indiana, the first U.S. saint in six years. What wasn't planned, he said, was an invitation that day to concelebrate mass with the pope....Last Monday, as vice-president of the Conference, the cardinal joined USCCB president Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane and Msgr David Malloy, the body's general secretary, for the group's biannual papal audience.
"I hadn't expected that, and I was very pleased to do that," he said.
George said the pope was worried about the state of the church in the United States.Bit of a counterpoint to the "there's no crisis of morale" response often heard on this side of the Pond, eh?
"He was very concerned about the seminary system and the morale of priests who have been ordained for some years, especially in the current crisis," he said.