Finding hope amid disaster

You can find before and after photos of St. Joseph Church in Greensburg, Kan., and several stories about the May tornado that destroyed 95 percent of the town on this page of The Southwest Kansas Register, newspaper of the Diocese of Dodge City.

Voice of the Faithful facing financial, membership crisis

Voice of the Faithful, the New England-based church reform group founded in the wake of the clergy sex abuse crisis, is now in a financial crisis of its own, according to, the Web site of The Catholic Observer in Springfield, Mass. The story notes, among other things, that the organization has not yet posted an audited financial statement for the last fiscal year, though it led an unsuccessful effort to require churches to file audited financial statements, and that the organization’s new mission statement avoids issues like priestly celibacy or women’s ordination.