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Cardinal approves pastoral plan

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BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was to approve the final version of the proposal of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission to provide pastoral support to parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston Nov. 15.

"Though the challenge of renewing the Church will call for significant effort and a new way of staffing our parishes, we are committed to re-engaging the culture, the current generation of Catholics and providing a strong foundation for those who will follow us. Our Catholic faith is our most precious gift," the cardinal said, in prepared remarks made available to The Pilot before the press conference announcing the acceptance of the plan.

The cardinal also said that the new pastoral plan comes in response to current challenges faced by the Church in Boston, and could change if those realities improve.

"The plan to implement a new model of leadership at the collaboratives does not mean that we are leaving behind the model of a priest being assigned as the pastor of one parish. It is my fervent hope, encouraged by a significant increase in seminary enrollment during recent years, that a greater number of ordinations to the priesthood will allow us to again assign priests as pastors of individual parishes," he said.

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