• Pittsburgh diocese panel proposes merging 188 parishes to 48

    Pittsburgh diocese panel proposes merging 188 parishes to 48

    • Sep 17, 2017

    A radical new plan in the Diocese of Pittsburgh could reduce the number of parishes to a third of their current number. A diocesan commission is recommending keeping multiple worship sites open in the parishes, although some churches would close. The number of active priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh is expected to decline from 211 to 112 by 2025. 

  • Defying Catholic appeals, Trump moves to end DACA program

    Defying Catholic appeals, Trump moves to end DACA program

    • Sep 5, 2017

    Despite appeals from Catholic leaders across the country, the Trump administration announced today that he would end the DACA program in six months if Congress failed to provide a permanent fix. Established in 2012, DACA provided protection to an estimated 800,000 immigrants who entered the United States as minors and allowed them to continue their education or employment. Catholic leaders have expressed outrage at the decision and pledged solidarity with immigrant communities.

  • Pittsburgh bishop gets hate mail over St. Pat’s meat ruling

    Pittsburgh bishop gets hate mail over St. Pat’s meat ruling

    • May 21, 2017

    Bishop David A. Zubik said he got hate mail over a decision to allow Catholics to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day, a Friday during Lent, which he took as symptomatic of an excess of anger, feat and hatred in the world. Zubik also said that when Pope Francis meets President Donald Trump, he expects Francis to have the “little people” of the world on his mind.