Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Vermont Restructuring
Not being terribly familiar with the world of legality, I'm wondering about reader comment about this story. Bishop Matano wants to protect parishioners. From his letter to Vermont Catholics: In such litigious times, it would be a gross act of mismanagement if I did not do everything possible to protect our parishes and the interests of the faithful from unbridled, unjust and terribly unreasonable assault. CNS sums it up: (T)he titles to all parishes, once in the name of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington Inc., are now in the name of the parishes with the bishop as trustee. "We are doing this to preserve parish assets as parish assets," said Father John McDermott, chancellor. "The bishop and the diocese have a guardian role for the assets and must assure that they are used for the intentions which were the very source of their establishment."

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