Catholics eye Cleveland closures for national precedent

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CLEVELAND (RNS) Catholics fighting church closings across the country are keeping their eyes on the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, where Bishop Richard Lennon's closure of 13 churches was overturned by the Vatican.Copies of the decrees are circulating electronically throughout the U.S. and even in Canada. By Michael O'Malley.

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    The underlying problem with church closings is the lack of the care of souls. Most bishops and priests have lost the sense of urgency to save souls from the fires of Hell. We know that only about 25% of people that call themselves Catholic attend Sunday Masses. What is needed is an all out effort, to not only get these luke-warm Catholics to come back to the practice of their faith, but to also reach out to all souls. Canon Law 771.2 says that bishops and pastors are to bring the Gospel to all those that live within their territories, including non-believers, and this, no less than the faithful. This means that they are to be true “fishers of men” instead of “aquarium keepers” as they’ve been.