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The Field Hospital: As priests' numbers decline, a resolution adopted by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests endorses enlisting the aid of laypeople and deacons for day-to-day parish administration.
Column: "If we had a lot of Bernies around, U.S. foreign policy would be much different," says one fellow activist. "It would be a policy of compassion and generosity."
Several progressive Catholic groups are launching DeaconChat, aimed at giving lay Catholics and clergy across the U.S. a direct say on whether the church should ordain women deacons.
An association of U.S. priests is in the final stages of issuing an urgent "plea" to the U.S. bishops to "formulate a plan now" for the crisis of parish closings.