A life well-lived: “You could just sense the Holy Spirit in Jim”

It’s rare to find a  secular newspaper offering this kind of tribute to a Catholic teacher. But this week, Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer penned a poignant and inspiring piece that demands wider circulation. Take a look: Jim Skerl’s squad had more members than Chuck Kyle’s football team at St. Ignatius High School — [Read More...]

Another Catholic newspaper to cease publication

The announcement, from the Diocese of Cleveland:  Bishop Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland has announced that production of the print version of the Catholic Universe Bulletin, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Cleveland, will be coming to an end at a yet to be determined date in 2015. According to Bishop Lennon, “After serious [Read More...]

Cleveland bishop excommunicates priest

This doesn’t happen very often, but it happened yesterday in Ohio:  The Rev. Robert Marrone, who broke away from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland after Bishop Richard Lennon closed his downtown church in 2010, has been excommunicated, according to a statement issued by the diocese Tuesday. Lennon said in the statement that Marrone violated terms of a [Read More...]

Closed Cleveland churches prepare to reopen

Details, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon is expected to announce the appointments of up to five pastors Wednesday as he moves forward toreopen 11 mothballed churches. The bishop had said last month that he hoped to have all 11 — most of them closed for more than two years — [Read More...]

In letter, Cleveland bishop acknowledges “growing disconnect” with priests, seeks to repair rift

Details: Bishop Richard Lennon has sent a conciliatory letter to the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, acknowledging that his relationship with many of them has deteriorated. In a letter obtained by The Plain Dealer, Lennon wrote to the diocese’s priests on May 21, saying “I have become aware of a growing disconnect between many [Read More...]

In Cleveland, religion classes get back to basics

Could this be the start of a trend? Let us pray. Details: Greater Cleveland’s 13,000 Catholic high school students are about to get a dose of old-time religion, heavily infused with New Testament gospels. Beginning next school year, theCleveland Catholic Diocese is introducing into the 21 high schools a new religion curriculum that will feature [Read More...]

Priest suspended for leading breakaway parish — UPDATED

Details: The Rev. Robert Marrone has been suspended from priestly ministry for disobeying an order by Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon to remove himself as pastor of a breakaway congregation, according to a letter the priest wrote to his followers. Marrone and his congregation, the Community of St. Peter, broke away from the diocese to set [Read More...]

Saved: Vatican reverses Cleveland decision on closing of 13 parishes

It’s a rare reversal — and one that should give other parishes around the country cause for hope. Details: In an extraordinary move, the Vatican has reversed Bishop Richard Lennon’s closings of 13 churches in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, saying the parishes must be restored and the sanctuaries reopened for worship, according to activists [Read More...]

"A number of people…have expressed concerns about my leadership…"

“While I am confident that I am faithfully handling the responsibilities entrusted to me, I personally made this request earlier this year because a number of persons have written to Rome expressing their concerns about my leadership of the Diocese. This visit will be an opportunity to gather extensive information on all aspects of the [Read More...]

Report: Vatican investigating Cleveland church closings

The news comes from the Italian newspaper La Stampa. Details: The Vatican is investigating Bishop Richard Lennon’s closings of churches in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, according to a report in an Italian newspaper. A spokesman for the diocese said Tuesday he would look into the account, but had no immediate comment. The report Friday in [Read More...]


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