New The Priest article on widespread diocesan reorganizations

The May issue of The Priest includes my new article, “Reorganization Nation,” on the now commonplace practice of large-scale diocesan parish reorganization. These processes respond, of course, to the realities facing Catholic dioceses in many parts of the U.S. today. The article explores the reasons for the trend, the principles that are taking priority in carrying them out, and the expected results.

The article is here.

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  1. The concern, of course, is the experience of faith and community– how will these changes help or hurt in the process of rediscovering or better articulating the relevance of Christianity and the community we call church? I found this comment encouraging: “The main difference will be an understanding of ‘pastoring’ as a shared function — that ordination pertains to the ‘ordering of gifts’ in the whole community. That calls for the priest to appreciate with clarity his own charisms given for the sake of the community, along with the absolute necessity to call forth and anoint all of the baptized for their roles of service and ministry,” Butel said.

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