Parish roundup: Merger fails; Vermont diocese plans synod

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Activist Felix Cepeda is seen outside Our Lady of the Scapular/St. Stephen in the New York Archdiocese (Mercedes Gallese)
Activist Felix Cepeda is seen outside Our Lady of the Scapular/St. Stephen in the New York Archdiocese (Mercedes Gallese)

The split, some would say chasm, between traditionalist Catholics and the rest makes a merger of Connecticut parishes impossible. 

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[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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