A bevy of appeals of decisions in the bankruptcy case as well as other federal and state lawsuits indicate the plan will not be the last word, however.
Grace on the Margins: Members of the New York Metro chapter of Call to Action learned about their rights and responsibilities when facing a parish merger or closure.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Thomas P. Melady, who served in several diplomatic posts and continued to play a role as "citizen-scholar" long past the age when most people would have retired, died Monday. He was 86.
Melady died at his Washington home of a brain tumor, which doctors only recently diagnosed.
We say: If the church faces a marketing failure on issues of sexuality, the failure is in listening to its people, not lousy marketing.
Young Voices: I guess you can say we are still waiting for the coming of Christ, even when we have experiences of hope in the limited experiences we have now.
The Vatican recently called for a broad-based world-wide parish-level input in preparation for the bishops meeting next year on pastoral challenges to the family.
Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the two-minute speech as part of a military cemetery dedication in the south-central Pennsylvania town that nearly five months earlier had served as the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles.
To commemorate the 1863 address, filmmaker Ken Burns recruited a wide cross section of Americans -- from presidents to preteens -- to recite the famous words, part of a national campaign for all to study and recite the speech.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Ontario, recalled once having a parish that needed a new furnace and was considering hiring a youth pastor. The parishioners raised $90,000 in three weeks for the furnace, but failed to find funds for the youth pastor, figuring there were few young people to serve.
Has anything changed with the U.S. Catholic bishops? It is far too early to tell, but there were a few interesting things that occurred last week in Baltimore. First of all, the bishops returned to their normal process for selecting their president by elevating the current vice president to the presidency.
All Things Catholic: Now out of leadership, Dolan used his final address as USCCB president to emphasize "the most urgent Christian story of our time," Allen writes.