Roman Catholics: More Power for Priests

ROMAN CATHOLICS More Power for Priests The trend toward democratization in the Catholic Church was demonstrated anew last week, when 300 priests from 114 U.S. dioceses (out of 141) met in Chicago to form a nationwide organization to speak out on clerical affairs. A few years ago, such an organization would have been unthinkable. The new assembly, which calls itself the Federation of Priests' Councils, aims to mobilize local priests' groups in efforts to improve the quality of the clergy and speed the pace of reform in the church —and society. To show their ecumenical spirit, the priests closed their...

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