Our Lady of Revenue: NYC churches go on the market, leaving parishioners cynical

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St. Thomas More church in New York City. Photo by Robert Deutsch, USA Today

St. Thomas More church in New York City. Photo by Robert Deutsch, USA Today

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(RNS) The Catholic archdiocese's plan to close dozens of churches raises an issue faced by thousands of shuttered churches across the Northeast and Midwest: what to do with buildings that are often architecturally important and always sentimentally important, especially since a church's shape, age and location make the building hard to reuse.

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  • Karla

    They need to be more concerned with preachin Truth/tellin people to Repent
    cause it is shocking how many people in church still get drunk,gossip,gamble,
    and sleep around,are mean/don’t bridle their sharp tongue,are jealous/covet.
    Ephesians 5:18 says do not get drunk! 1 Corinthians 6:10 says that all of the
    drunkards go to hell including people who get drunk on strong wine cause the
    wine Jesus made was a new wine/diluted/poorer/a watered down wine plus the
    Bible says do not get drunk with strong wine so wine drunkards go to hell too!

  • ben in oakland

    The Communist government of Albania turned the main cathedral in Tirana into a basketball stadium.

    So, there are uses for the buildings.

  • Greg

    Very sad, Ben. But of course, the scriptures must be fulfilled (see Luke 18:8). Churches cost much money to run, and without donations, and tithes, they fall. It seems that these days only the churches which preach “The Gospel of Whatever Everybody Wants to Hear,” seem to thrive, and survive.

  • CMR

    @Karla- Just FYI: Wine was not at first a part of the Passover meal but was added later, perhaps after the return from Babylonian exile. It was therefore on the table when Jesus celebrated the Passover the last time with his apostles and was conveniently used by him in instituting the Memorial of his death. The red “blood of grapes” was a fitting representation of Jesus’ own sacrificial blood. On that occasion Jesus spoke of such wine as “this product of the vine,” and since it was perhaps seven months after the grape harvest, there can be no question but that it was fermented juice of the vine.—Ge 49:11; Mt 26:18, 27-29. It was not “grape juice” (unfermented). In Palestine the grapes were gathered during August and September, depending on the type of grapes and the climate of the region. It is apparent that wine is one of the gifts included among God’s blessings to mankind. Wine “makes the heart of mortal man rejoice”; it puts the heart in “a merry mood.” (Ps 104:15; Es 1:10)

  • Karla

    CMR- I agree that it was a wine but it was a new wine/ highly diluted
    and it was made for a symbolic reason plus if the people had already
    been drinking all day Jesus would not make a strong wine so they all
    could get even more drunk. John 2:10 also says that the cheap wine
    was brought out last so best for last refers to a poorer/watered down
    wine that was highly diluted. Ephesians 5:18 says do not get drunk
    with wine for it’s debauchery but I always appreciate all of your input.

  • Earold D Gunter

    I think “The Donald” should buy this. Out with one idiocy and in with another.

  • ciao

    I question the taking of older, more beautifully decorated Churches and getting rid of them. I’d like to tell them what they can do with some of these ugly churches built after Vatican ll that look like barns that they’re leaving us with. That’s all they’re fit for is to keep animals in. Pigs don’t care what they wallow in.

  • Ken

    Maybe “The Church” can get on with the reality of following Christ once these halls of cliques and private clubs are relegated to the dust bin of ancient history.

    If Jesus didn’t care about the so-called important Temple in Jerusalem, a building at some address somewhere isn’t going to fare much better.

    They are JUST buildings. They are not oracles or shrines. If it about the business of the Lord’s work, that can be done from a one-room office rented in an affordable neighborhood.

    “The Church” is where Christians gather to worship the Risen Messiah and to fellowship. It does not look to be some architectural monument that obviously is going to be affected by the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.