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Thursday, October 07, 2004

HOT NEWS- Archdiocese of Boston

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Committee Will Review Boston-Area Church Closures

A pre-condition for the success of this review is to put on public record all correspondence and conversations between the Archdiocese, the Archbishop and the members of the Committee, specifically the two chairs of the Committee.

The twenty four parishes which the Archbishop claims have been closed peacably must demand their rights to be heard in this review. This is a matter of simple justice.

This is the press release from the Archdiocese

The Archbishop hopes that this panel will be a "group of leaders to function as a resource to the Archbishop". They have to be a resource for Catholic Boston, not the personal emissaries of the Archbishop.

The Archbishop admits that child abuse and the church closures are interrelated... but says that it is a matter of trust not of economics.

The Archbishop talks about fulfilling his responsibilities as a spiritual leader; so, how about abandoning the closures and start evangelising. He talks about the bond that all Catholics share in Christ, what has he done to strenthen this bond.

Historic church closing its doors for 2-year facelift

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Baltimore Cathedral gets a 32 million dollar spend

Report Recommends Archdiocese Close Up To 50 Schools

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The downward spiral.

You close the Churches and the parents lapse, then they don't want to send their children to Catholic schools, then there are fewer Catholics, then you have to close a few more Churches, and so the cycle of decline continues.

And how did this cycle of decline start? Talking about renewal for the last forty years has masked the reality of decline.

Boston - the biggest lot in the Catholic Sale of the Century

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This article tries to make humour out of the desecration of Churches and fails.

Boston - the biggest lot in the Catholic Sale of the Century

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This article tries to make humour out of the desecration of Churches and fails.

Catholic church closes after 132 years

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And I would be prepared to bet the Bishop hadn't visited for years until the day of closure.

St Ubaldus, pray for us!

More from the Sale of the Century

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This time its the Diocese of Green Bay. And all it raises is the salaries of two or three diocesan consultants for one year.