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By Jason Scott Jones, LifeSiteNews, August 20, 2018
It is time to disband the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Instead of wasting time on inane policy pronouncements about prudential issues like immigration, global warming, and unions, the bishops need to be focused on three things:
Making readily available the sacraments (especially Confession);
Rebuilding crumbling Catholic education; and
Making sure our children aren’t being sexually abused.
The Bishops are responsible for the spiritual order, and the laity are responsible for Christianizing the temporal order. Don’t take my word for it. The Catechism makes both quite clear. On the hierarchy, it states:
In order to shepherd the People of God and to increase its numbers without cease, Christ the Lord set up in his Church a variety of offices which aim at the good of the whole body. The holders of office, who are invested with a sacred power, are, in fact, dedicated to promoting the interests of their brethren, so that all who belong to the People of God…may attain to salvation.
The Catechism, likewise, makes the role of the laity clear:
By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will…It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and maybe to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer. ….