Taking dictation

According to a report in the National Catholic Reporter (September 1), the Vatican has told the U.S. bishops that the general secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops has to be a priest, and that the NCCB must change its bylaws to reflect that requirement.

Sister Sharon Euart, currently an associate general secretary, was being considered for the post, hence the inquiry by the bishops to Rome: Could a lay person or...

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