CNA Staff, Aug 14, 2020 / 17:40 pm
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Friday that a staff member who recently said she was "elated" by the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's presidential running mate was not speaking on behalf of the conference.
"At no point are Conference staff authorized to speak on behalf of the bishops in support of, or in opposition to, candidates for elected office," said James Rogers, chief communications officer for the bishops' conference.
"Because the comments in question may have led to confusion among the faithful, let me be clear," he said in an Aug. 14 statement. "As Catholics, we are each called to evaluate candidates for public office by how closely their policies align with Gospel principles, as expressed by the U.S. bishops in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship."
Rogers did not address the substance of the staff member's comment.