Philadelphia Archbishop sets up ‘quasi-parish’ for traditionalists
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has set up a “quasi-parish” for those interested in the traditional Latin Mass.He said there was a “growing interest” in the Extraordinary Form and that it was “timely to provide additional pastoral care”. The quasi-parish, in Conshohocken, a suburb of Philadelphia, will become a permanent parish if deemed a success, and will be entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP), a traditionalist group founded in 1988. The church, St Mary’s, had been part of a parish merger and was only used for Masses occasionally. David Swedkowski, who campaigned to preserve the church, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Canadian bishops freeze funding for Catholic aid agency
At least ten dioceses in Canada are withholding funding from the overseas aid agency of the bishops’ conference, amid concerns that it is working with groups that contradict Catholic teaching. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto is holding back 800,000 Canadian dollars (£450,000) from the Canadian Catholic Organisation for Development and Peace (CCODP), citing “alarming concerns” about its partners. Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton said an estimated 40 groups “appear to show evidence of conflict with Catholic moral and social teaching and, in particular, that they do not demonstrate full respect for the sanctity of human life”. Two Brazilian campaign groups, for instance, are listed as aid agency “partners” despite their support for abortion. The bishops’ conference and aid agency are conducting a joint inquiry.
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