Cleveland bishop to reopen 12 parishes

Saying that it's time for "peace and unity" in his diocese, Cleveland's Bishop Richard Lennon has announced that he will reopen 12 churches he'd closed. Lennon, who closed the churches in 2009 and 2010, was responding to a ruling from the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy. He could have appealed that decision, which would have meant dragging out the matter for years more.

Paul Moses is the author, most recently, of The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia (NYU Press, 2023). He is a contributing writer. Twitter: @PaulBMoses.

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