BREAKING: New York announces parish mergers; Holy Innocents spared—UPDATED

From The New York Times:  Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan announced on Sunday the largest reorganization in the history of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of New York, with 55 parishes from Staten Island to the Catskills to merge with neighboring parishes. In 31 of those mergers, all Masses and other sacraments such as weddings and funerals will cease [Read More...]

Accused monsignor sues Archdiocese of New York for libel

Details from the AP: A defrocked Roman Catholic monsignor who once led fundraising for the Archdiocese of New York has sued the church for libel. Charles Kavanagh’s lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. Kavanagh accuses the archdiocese of libeling him by saying he had sexually abused a teenage student in the 1980s [Read More...]

New York Catholic principal linked to white supremacist group — UPDATED

After reports surfaced about him, the Archdiocese has launched an investigation.  And yesterday, a mass at the man’s parish was disrupted by a protestor, according to the New York Daily News: Shock over an outspoken Catholic school principal’s ties to a white supremacist group turned ugly during Sunday Mass at a Bronx church. Cops were called [Read More...]

Ex-priest strikes back, sues his accuser

He was laicized, but that doesn’t mean he’s been silenced. Details, from the New York Daily News: A once-prominent Bronx priest who was defrocked after a church tribunal found him guilty of sexually abusing a teen is suing his accuser for defamation. Charles Kavanagh, who was once in charge of the archdiocese’s fund-raising arm, claimed in [Read More...]

Priests in NYC call for halt to new missal

I haven’t heard of anything like this happening elsewhere.  But it seems priests from two vicariates in the Archdiocese of New York are calling for a delay in implementing the new English translation of the Roman Missal (slated to start next Advent). They drafted the following resolution: Whereas, many priests have not had the opportunity [Read More...]