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.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Fiftieth parish closes in Diocese of Cleveland

Fiftieth parish closes in Diocese of Cleveland’s consolidation program :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

This is all in the last YEAR. And we think we have it bad here in Rochester.

An interesting quote from Cleveland's bishop:

“The Church is about people and their faith, not about buildings, and we will always be here to serve the people,” said Bishop (Richard) Lennon in a March 2009 statement announcing the closures. “The task for the Church is to be faithful to what God asks of us, which is to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all people, to reach out and serve the poor and marginalized among us, and to become holy and bring people closer to God.”

3 Comments:

Anonymous a voice from the rustbelt said...

Lennon counts closures from 14 March 2009. There were several before that. The majority of the targets he selected were ethnic parishes with healthy finances. The candor and openness in the process was totally lacking. He reigns as a tyrant in 'his' diocese of Lennongrad. He is defined by dismissive arrogance and paranoia.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Sorry for the pain you're experiencing there.

By the way, since you might be new here - when referring to Bishops on this blog, always call them "Bishop ____" out of respect. Indeed, we always need to show respect for our Bishops even when we disagree with them. In the future, I will edit comments.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Pauli said...

Unlike our previous Bishop Pilla, Bishop Lennon hears confessions in the Cathedral. I remember him picking up my one year old once in our parish center and holding him laughing like a real grandpappy.

True he's not perfect, but neither is he a tyrant and he has the hard task of telling people things they don't want to hear. I have trouble believing the St. Patrick's on the west side had "healthy finances". Going in to the place was a sad experience--1970's decor and decrepit carpeting. The whole narrative of closings has been hijacked by the rose-colored glasses contingent teamed up with the the spirit of Vatican II nut-jobs. People quit going to mass at these sites years ago, and no one did anything about it.

7:56 PM  

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