On other side of church closings, new reasons for hope

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CLEVELAND (RNS) Holly Nixon used to need only 10 minutes before the 9 a.m. Mass to pick up her elderly, disabled mother and find a parking spot close to the sanctuary door. That was before St. William Catholic Church in Euclid merged with nearby St. Robert Bellarmine, which then closed, shifting hundreds of people into […]

  • William

    And yet another beautiful Catholic church, bought and paid for by one hard-working ethnic group or other, is forever closed. Why doesn’t someone out there in the religious and secular media inquire as to why these gorgeous, old Catholic churches are not turned over to Traditional Catholic groups (loyal and obedient to Rome) to run and to keep going? These groups are becoming quite numerous and producing lots and lots of priests (they are often forced to build from scratch because liberals-in-charge despise them and will not assist them). Take time off from trying to skewer the Church over sexual abuse problems and investigate how liberals in the Catholic Church, including most especially Liberal bishops, have caused much if not all of the present woes. Ask around: why are traditional Catholics so shabbily treated by their lefty, liberal bishops?

  • MotherAngelica

    I agree with William. I used to live in Cleveland and the inner city churches were beautifully built with the nickels and pennies of hard-working immigrants. Who wants to see these churches sold only to have beer kegs placed on the altar where the Holy Sacrifice of the mass was offered reverently! Pray for these people’s salvation; they have much to answer (for). Offer up your Tridentine masses, holy communions and holy hours in reparation for the outrages sacrileges and indifferences committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary! You will not regret it!
    Close abortion mills not churches!

  • Jewells

    I agree with William too! I have often wondered the same thing. Holy Family Retreat in Hampton, Va. closing down in December…..and I don’t understand that after about fifty years it will just be gone? They say they don’t have enough priests to run it? This is unreal….these places should be offered to the Traditional Catholics….rather than sold off to just anyone for anything….like condos or taverns or God forbid….something even worse!

  • MotherAngelica

    People of God:
    Lets take a closer look at this article. In the title, we are told that church closings are a reason for hope. Is closing any catholic church a sign of hope? I am skeptical. Does this mean that we have too many churches and not enough people to keep them going? Well, since many people cut back on having children, that could be part of it. Also, many people just quit going to church and a lot never really went to begin with.
    Is this God’s will?
    Let’s examine this further. For example, in the Old Testament, when the People of God strayed from His teachings, what happened? Well, they suffered. Are the good people suffering when churches are being closed? You bet.
    Another point of interest in the article: new parishes created can become more vibrant. What about the efforts made by clergy to guide people toward an increase in faith in Jesus Christ? My friends, faith is not a feeling… it’s not even like comparing works of art. Faith is a virtue by which we believe in God and all He said and revealed (CCC 1813, 1814). How do church closings inspire faith?
    I was told that many people experiencing church closings were not enthusiastic and vibrant.
    Have there been any miracles associated with church closings? Are we hearing any stories of “living” saints because of church closings?
    You will know them by their fruit!

  • Piri Taborosi

    I, too, lived in Cleveland. I took my Catholic faith as well as my Catholic schooling (grade schools, high school and college) somewhat for granted, loved it with the naivete of a child who sees no wrong in his parents, and was devastated twhen as an adult, as a Catholic school teacher and principal, I learned first hand of the capability and cunning of many of the members of this organization of the church. School closings and church closings often have something behind them that are hardly what the official reasons portend. Here in Syracuse, I know which priests are terrified to admit to their traditionalist leanings because of the diocesan repercussions. I know who really leads the diocese, who the inner circle consists of. And, I can guarantee that those priests are all exceptionally talented men in the earthly organization of the church. However, I have also learned to better understand what we mean by the Mystical Body of Christ and I believe this is the Church Jesus was speaking of when he said the “gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Priestly shortage? certainly not in many of the churches that have closed! At St. Emeric’s in Cleveland, the bishop actually took away the pastor’s priestly faculties; priestly shortage? Hardly. Corruption in the church? You bet! Does the Church need to pray? More than ever in history.
    Priscilla in Syracuse-August 31, 2010, 8:55PM