When Edwin "Bud" Skalla died in November, he left nearly 860 acres of farmland and other assets, including diamond rings, a Rolex and a Cadillac, to 13 southwest Iowa parishes.
Faith & Parish
The claimants' lawyers also asked the bankruptcy judge not to rule on the plan until an appeals court rules on the status of a hotly contested cemetery fund.
Local Catholics say the church's lack of response to Bishop Robert Finn's misdemeanor conviction has caused further spiritual harm to the diocese.
The Milwaukee archdiocese will walk away from bankruptcy relatively unscathed if its proposed reorganization plan is accepted by Judge Susan V. Kelley.
Some Bend, Ore., parishioners are relieved that the contention over the removal of Fr. James Radloff has been put to bed while others expressed anger and frustration.
The home has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and an outdoor pool. The renovations would add an indoor exercise pool, hot tub, library and elevator.
Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski led the second annual Archbishop's Poker Run to support local programming for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Updated. The Vatican confirmed that Baker, Ore., Bishop Liam Cary was justified in removing Fr. James Radloff as pastor of his Bend parish in the fall.
Washington state's Catholic bishops praised Gov. Jay Inslee for declaring a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the state and applauded him for urging there be "a public conversation on capital punishment."
"Fine young priests" will replace the Dominicans who have served the University of New Mexico's Aquinas Newman Center since 1950.