On Monday February 11th, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will step down at the end of the month, for health reasons. While the resignation is significant for its rarity, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports that it could be a sign of the times.
A lawyer who fought church cutbacks in the Cleveland area says the Vatican has taken the extraordinary step ofoverruling the closing of 13 parishes.
The move represents a rare instance in which Rome has reversed a U.S. bishop on church shutdowns.
Attorney Peter Borre says the Congregation of the Clergy ruled last week that Cleveland's Bishop Richard Lennon failed to follow procedure in the closings three years ago.
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