Catholic Church Closings


Yet another article discusses church closings, this time in New York.  While it’s great that people are attached to their churches and want them to remain open, it seems like too little, too late.

I’d like more information though; with churches by and large on the empty side, who are the people objecting? Are they the few, the proud and the faithful, who go to Mass regularly and adhere to the teachings of the Magisterium, or are they Catholics in Name Only, outraged because the church they used to go to is on the chopping block?

While my area isn’t as hard-hit with church closings as some others, we do have closings, though lately it seems to be Catholic elementary schools closing. A few years ago, a high school was saved by action of alumni once the need for money was publicized. Some elementary schools weren’t so lucky; they were in poverty-stricken areas, hit hard by foreclosures and don’t have a stable mass of people with disposable income who were outraged at their closing.


7 Responses to Catholic Church Closings

  1. What’s sad is that here in texas we are over crowded and always seem to be in need of building a new church. Ours was new 7 years ago and we are already over 10,000 members and over half the parish is under 12 years old.

    It seems the economic conditions and migration are playing as much a part in the closing in the north and the expansion in the south as any thing. I wish we could move those old churches down here. The new ones can’t hold a candle to the old ones.

  2. Nan says:

    I hear ya. One of my requirements for a church is that it must have been built before 1950, because I do not love modern church architecture. Fortunately I live in an area with many Catholic churches, the majority of which are not so modern.

  3. Dr. Eric says:

    Here’s the question, why aren’t the people in the inner cities where the beautiful churches sit being converted? They deserve the churches.

  4. James G says:

    I wish we could move those old churches down here.

    We can, sort of. My parish here in AZ just built a beautiful new church and a lot of the interior was “recycled” from some of the closed Massachusetts churches. Alabaster lights, carved Stations of the Cross, a rear altar (where the Tabernacle sits) and even a baldachino.

    James G

  5. Julie says:

    It’s not at all too little too late. Most of the churches our bishop wants to close are “vibrant,” used, and support themselves. They are being stolen out from under us. Inform yourself, please.

  6. Nan says:

    Julie, if you have correct information about your church, it’s an anomaly. Most parishes that are closing are financially unviable; many people who complain that “their” church is closing neither attend Mass regularly nor support the church financially or by volunteering.

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