News In Brief
Churches Kick Off New Ecumenical Effort
Twenty-two additional churches and
organizations are participating as observers or are in the process of deciding
about joining, and more than 30 others are in conversation with Christian
Churches Together. Cardinal William Keeler of
Christian Churches Together is intended as a forum of ecumenical dialogue and witness involving the participation of representatives from all five major Christian families of churches in the United States: Catholic, Orthodox, historic Protestant, evangelical/Pentecostal, and historic racial/ethnic.
Archbishop Reopens Disputed
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes April 8 re-consecrated a historic New Orleans black church he had ordered closed “for the foreseeable future” after a protest disrupted Mass there two weeks earlier.
The March 26 demonstration at
The archbishop said he hoped the resolution of the dispute would become a symbol of reconciliation for the entire city. He said the parish could remain open longer if it met agreed-upon guidelines for viability and vibrancy. The archbishop re-consecrated the church during a 45-minute ritual attended by about 75 parishioners. Afterward he held a news conference outside the church to announce the settlement of the dispute.
“You never think it’s going to
happen to you,” said Trahan, a parishioner at St. Stephen Church in nearby Old
Hickory. Across the state the storms damaged as many as 3,000 buildings and 167
people were injured. In
“You never think you’re going to be on the receiving end,” Trahan told the Tennessee Register, newspaper of the Nashville Diocese. “It’s tough being on the receiving end. It’s humbling.”
- April 23-29, 2006