From the AFP:
Pope Benedict XVI asked bishops Saturday to ensure that religious teachings are authorised by the Catholic Church, in a bid to keep US Catholics in line with the Vatican.The appeal comes after the Vatican last month upbraided a US association of Catholic clergy women for its feminist and liberal stances on contraception, homosexuality and female priests."Such discord harms the Church's witness and, as experience has shown, can easily be exploited to compromise her authority and her freedom," the pope said in a speech.
In the U.S., so many Catholic schools are a mess, more focused on money than on forming students in the faith, liturgies and parish life are often run by lay committees composed of ideologues that are hostile to the Church's core teachings on the moral life, or who are simply clueless when it comes to the faith, the list goes on. The leaders in the US need to step up.