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Salem Catholics accept diocesan plan

Catholics want their four Salem parishes to be among the first in the Archdiocese of Boston to be grouped together under a major reorganization plan that would remake 288 parishes into 135 collaboratives, each led by a single pastor.

By a show of hands, a majority of an estimated 150 Catholics who attended a meeting Sunday night at Immaculate Conception Church voted in favor of being included in the first phase of a sweeping pastoral plan called Disciples in Mission, which aims to revitalize a church still ailing from the clergy sex abuse crisis of a decade ago, and the painful closing of parishes in recent years.

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