The Catholic church, like many bureaucracies, works hard to keep its operations—and most important, its mistakes—a secret from those it claims to serve. The latest example of bad faith is not allowing parishioners access to closing documents so that they can appeal the closings. (Local leaders really do not like being held to account, so their use their power to protect themselves—and then lie about it.)
From Sharon Otterman’s article in the NY Times:
For aggrieved parishioners at churches ordered closed or merged by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan last November, it seemed like a simple task: Get a copy of the formal decree of his decision on their parishes, so they could properly appeal to the Vatican.
So across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, they began calling and writing letters to Cardinal Dolan and his senior aides, asking for the decrees. Some seven weeks later, a…
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