Canon lawyer Ed Peters explains the moves by the Diocese of Baker, Oregon in transferring assets from the diocese to individual institutions. He says it’s actually being done to bring the diocese in line with canon law.
I remember my pastor talking a couple of years ago about how the Archdiocese of Boston is still organized as a “corporation sole,” with every property in the name of the archbishop. If you look at a check written by a parish in Boston, the parish’s account is actually in the archbishop’s name. This is contrary to canon law and the bishop in Baker was actually trying to rectify the situation. Read Ed’s explanation. It’s clear and understandable.