| Priests' association's annual assembly
ST. LOUIS — Members of a national group of Catholic priests meeting in St. Louis for an annual assembly tackled the issue of immigration and other topics and passed a resolution asking the U.S. bishops to request the Vatican approve ordaining married men as priests.
The 230 priests at the 2014 assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests also agreed to support full payment of worker pensions, called for the laity and clergy to have a role in the selection of diocesan bishops and expressed continued concerns about translations of prayers in the revised Roman Missal.
The priests concelebrated Mass with retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. Archbishop Quinn, who has written two books on reforming the Vatican including his 1999 book, "The Reform of the Papacy," received the association's John XXIII Award during a banquet June 25.
The Seattle-based association claims 1,000 U.S. priests as members; there are more than 26,000 diocesan priests in the United States. It was formed in August 2011 as a national support organization open to all U.S. priests.
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