Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote of the decision: "I dread this! I'd rather be opening new schools, not closing some." This would be the second round of closures.
Faith & Parish
On Thursday, members of the Father Ryan High School Marching Band will perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Learning from the burgeoning charter school movement is one way to solve the current Catholic school crisis, said education experts at a recent half-day seminar.
The Cardinal Newman Society is probably best known for its role in controversies over speakers or course offerings, conflagrations it often helps ignite.
The plan organizes Boston's 288 parishes into 135 "parish collaboratives," each led by a pastoral team and a pastor, to respond to challenges the church in Boston faces.
Perspective: New Yorkers met the challenges of Hurricane Sandy with typical grit, grace and fortitude; however, they made the city feel different.
The U.S. bishops' conference has approved the hiring of a director of public affairs and a consolidating of its communications department.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration called on President Barack Obama to "seize the moment" and pass immigration reform.
So far, the bishops have voted down a document on the U.S. economy, passed documents on penance and endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day.
The U.S. bishops began formal consideration of their first new document in 30 years on preaching Monday, the first day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.
The proposed document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.
It was prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees.