‘I would rather have fewer, more effective churches’: Baltimore looks to begin parish consolidation process
Archbishop Lori explained that “it is getting progressively harder to do more with less” as the city’s population declines and racism and gentrification have played a role in dramatic population shifts.
Clergy sexual abuse survivor Marie Collins reveals her disappointment with the results of the Vatican summit on child protection and calls for the Church to remove anyone who abuses children.
Transparency and honesty are key elements of restoring the trust of the laity, especially young people, said two bishops who participated in a Facebook Live event sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during its spring general assembly.
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore released additional details June 5 about the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and financial improprieties against Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, former bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia.
On April 24, the Archdiocese of Baltimore released the names of 23 additional priests who had been accused of sexual abuse of minors. All the priests named are deceased.
The preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults and financial improprieties by Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, formerly of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, has been completed and will be forwarded to the Vatican for final judgment.
On January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King Day, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore issued his second pastoral reflection on racism in the last year. Entitled "The Journey to Racial Justice: Repentance, Healing and Action," the reflection discusses the various aspects of racism and what the church can do to combat it.
Bishops in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be subject to a policy approved in December by the archdiocese's Independent Review Board.
In the immediate aftermath of the flood that washed through Main Street and other parts of historic Ellicott City May 27, St. Paul Church, perched on the hill above the floodwaters, was able to serve folks in little ways.