- Feb 23, 2021
The Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to merge more than two dozen parishes into eight new parishes next year.
For U.S. charities affiliated with the Catholic Church, the past year has tested the resilience of their fundraisers and the loyalty of their donors in unprecedented fashion. Even as many donors reacted in dismay to the Church’s extensive sex-abuse scandals, the charities faced new challenges trying to address the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A number of Catholic bishops referenced the clergy sexual abuse scandal during local chrism Masses in calling for a renewal of the priesthood and greater partnership in serving the Church among ordained priests and the laity, whose priesthood of service is guaranteed by baptism.
Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik has released a five-point action plan in his pastoral letter, “The Church Healing,” responding to what he heard from Catholics and non-Catholics in the diocese during listening sessions.