December 12th, 2007

Diocesan review looms:

The Diocese of Scranton in January will begin an evaluation process of its 224 parishes as part of a large-scale restructuring plan that will include consolidating and closing churches.

“We need to assess the realities of our population,” said William Genello, a spokesman for the diocese. “Many of our parishes are facing financial difficulties.”

Yes. That’s all well and good. But….

Ann Marie Davis, office manager at St. John Neumann, said she thinks many parishioners were upset about the closings and consolidations.

“Some people, I think, have stopped coming to church altogether because they are so upset,” she said.

Hrm…. If they were such weak Catholics they they stopped going to church when churches consolidated through financial need, then they weren’t particularly strong Catholics to begin with.

Yes, yes, the Church welcomes all into its fold, and the Lord loves the sinner who returns (prodigal children, and all that).

But these people do not make good neighbors.

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