Archdiocese of New Orleans files for bankruptcy

CNA Staff, May 1, 2020 / 02:54 pm (CNA).- Under financial pressure from clerical abuse litigation compounded by the coronavirus crisis, The Archdiocese of New Orleans announced May 1 that its administrative offices are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The filing will affect only the administrative office of the archdiocese and will not impact schools, Masses, and other ministries. Archbishop Gregory Aymond said the decision was made after prayer and consultation.

“I, along with a team of advisors, believe that reorganization will create an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the faithful and the New Orleans community by restructuring our financials, increasing our transparency and creating a path forward in hopes that we can continue and strengthen our core mission: bringing Christ to others,” he said.

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Ending the Week on a Wholesome Note

Yesterday, I received an email with a link to the following video in it and nothing else. I’m not going to even set it up – the title says it all. It’s funny, creative, and wholesome. The kind of content I’d love to see more Catholic kids creating:

I was curious about the origins of video, so I reached out via the contact form the website linked in their Youtube channel bio to find out more. I got the following email back (edited slightly to preserve the author’s anonymity, as requested):

Good Afternoon Mr. Skojec,

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‘We entrust to her all our fears’: US Bishops reconsecrate country to Mary

Dioceses across the United States and Canada joined together on May 1 to reconsecrate themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary in an act of united prayer for delivery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, led the American bishops in a liturgy broadcast from the cathedral of Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

The reconsecration was announced last week by the USCCB, together with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a joint effort to entrust the two countries to the Blessed Mother during the suffering caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Peter’s Pence Suspended

Some people have been saying for a long while that the intrigue and heresy of the Vatican won’t bring the present regime to an end, but money might.

The scandalous revelation that only a tenth of the annual Peter’s Pence collection actually goes to charity has probably not helped the financial situation at the Holy See.

Last October, Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi claimed that the Vatican lost nearly €44million last year while its property empire made a loss for the first time.

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