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Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

Somebody's confused here

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 12, 2004

Michael Miller, who handles business affairs for the Spokane diocese, explained to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that the diocese could not have avoided bankruptcy by selling off parish properties.

... Miller described each parish as a separate entity -- in other words, not part of the diocese's budget. Church law, he added, holds that a bishop cannot sell parish property for diocesan purposes.

Um, Mr. Miller, do you suppose you'd have time for a cup of coffee with Archbishop Sean O'Malley, who is selling off parish properties by the dozen?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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