US Bishops Encourage Frequent Confession, Advance Cause of US Activist

USCCB Continues its Annual Fall Assembly in Baltimor

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BALTIMORE, NOVEMBER 15, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a message on Tuesday inviting Catholics to more frequent participation in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, approved their 2013-1016 strategic plan, and advanced the canonization cause of Dorothy Day.

The statement was issued during the USCCB's annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland.

The bishops participated in a consultation on the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, the U.S. activist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, led the bishops in discussion in his role as Archbishop of New York, which is overseeing the cause.

Other actions approved by the bishops include adding the optional memorial of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos to the U.S. liturgical calendar, and the creation of a new public affairs position for the USCCB.

The bishops rejected a proposed document, "The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times," in a vote.