Michael O'Malley

Michael O'Malley is an author at Religion News Service.

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Last of shuttered Cleveland parishes reopens after winning Vatican appeal

November 5, 2012

CLEVELAND (RNS) Hundreds gathered Sunday (Nov. 4) to celebrate the reopening of St. Emeric Catholic Church, a Hungarian parish that was shuttered two and a half years ago and is the last of 11 churches to reopen under orders from the Vatican. By Michael O'Malley.

Cleveland bishop seeks to heal breach with priests

June 7, 2012

CLEVELAND (RNS) The Catholic bishop of Cleveland has sent a conciliatory letter to the priests in his diocese, acknowledging that his relationship with many of them has deteriorated. By Michael O'Malley.

Catholics rally around nuns amid Vatican crackdown

May 29, 2012

CLEVELAND (RNS) Catholics are coming together around the country for prayer vigils as a show of support for America's nuns, whom the Vatican accuses of having “serious doctrinal problems.” By Michael O'Malley.

Cleveland Catholics are ‘anxious and edgy’ as parish reopenings drag on

May 17, 2012

CLEVELAND (RNS) Parishioners from 12 mothballed parishes have begun organizing committees in preparation for their churches' reopening, even as some are getting 'edgy and anxious' as the process drags on into its second month. By Michael O'Malley.

Tough-minded Cleveland woman fights her Catholic bishop, and wins

April 25, 2012

CLEVELAND (RNS) When Bishop Richard Lennon began closing 50 Catholic churches three years ago, the bulk of the faithful quietly moved on. But Patricia Schulte-Singleton was not intimidated by a Roman collar, a bishop's edict or the raised eyebrows of the obedient. By Michael O'Malley.

Bishop to reopen 12 closed parishes

April 17, 2012

CLEVELAND (RNS) Bishop Richard Lennon on Tuesday announced that he will reopen 12 churches whose closings were reversed by the Vatican last month. By Michael O'Malley.

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