NCR Today: Peter Laird in January was granted by Pope Francis a “request for laicization,” or dispensation from the obligations of the clerical state.
An amended bankruptcy plan for the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese would potentially double survivors' funds, but an attorney for the creditors is unsatisfied with the proposal.
Call to Action: The best way to engage Catholics is to ask them how the church can be of service to them, panel says.
"A failure, however, isn't the same as a crime. That is a legal question, not a moral question," said Archbishop Bernard Hebda, head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano ordered two auxiliary bishops to have a law firm wrap up its investigation, and later instructed them to destroy evidence, per a memo unsealed Wednesday.
Updated: The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese agreed to a revision of its civil settlement that added "direct and public admission of wrongdoing" for its role in clergy sexual abuse.
Young Voices: If the sex abuse crisis is to end, we adults must ensure that every bishop who puts a child at risk is held accountable.
Creditors claim that the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese's just-released reorganization plan represents 1 percent of total assets they say approach $2 billion.
The appointment of Bernard Hebda as archbishop-designate of St. Paul-Minneapolis raises the question: Who will Hebda become as a now-rooted resident in the historically important archdiocese?
The former head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, who was expected to serve at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church for six months, cited in his decision the "unintended discord" his presence caused.