Parish roundup: 'Do the dishes' to end clericalism; Raid disturbs Catholics


by Peter Feuerherd

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Want to change the church? Susan Bigelow Reynolds suggests getting involved in the nitty-gritty of parish life.

Even in a secular society, people still seek out godparents for their children. What is their modern role?

Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington welcome one of their own, Archbishop Wilton Gregory.

In the Diocese of Dallas, Catholics are shaken by a police raid on three diocesan sites, the result of an investigation into church sex abuse.

Parishioners in the Diocese of Pittsburgh talk about the fallout from the sex abuse scandal.

At the same time, parish mergers move forward.

No more Catholic youth sports on Sundays in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Archbishop Allen Vigneron wants to keep the Lord’s Day holy and says that sports can be a distraction from prayer and family concerns.

What to do when your pastor is holding back on details about parish finances.

[Peter Feuerherd is a correspondent for NCR's Field Hospital series on parish life and is a professor of journalism at St. John's University, New York.]

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