View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Buffalo and Rochester

The Diocese of Rochester has been under attack in some "orthodox" circles for closing/consolidating parishes and for the decrease in the number of priests - among many other things.

The Diocese of Buffalo, on the other hand, has been cited positively by some for maintaining its orthodoxy.

According to an article in this morning's paper, Bufflao has identified 80 of its 270 parishes for closing, merger or some other changes. That's nearly 30 percent of its parishes.

Meanwhile, the number of priests is dropping - with one estimate that by 2015 there will only be 18 priests for city parishes, as opposed to 50 now.

I think these are issues many dioceses - whether considered orthodox or not - are facing in this part of the country. Declining and aging populations, attendance drops, fewer "Catholics" actually being active in the church, etc.


Anonymous thomas tucker said...

Is the population declining up in the Rochester area? What about the Albany area?

10:40 PM  

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