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, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @PaulBMoses.