Here's a lttle bit of local Catholic trivia from Msgr. Leo Gtregory Fink's "Jesuit Trails in Penn's Forest":This is why people stop going to Church. I suggest that "Rev" Darcy look elsewhere or pitch a tent like the old days if she feels that strongly about preaching. Otherwise, she should just get her own house in order.
Maybe the catholics have the right idea. Everyone answers to one boss, the bishop. Go where he tells you to go or hit the road.
Back in the days of what is called "lay trusteeship," the Germans who were serviced by Jesuits from Most Bessed Sacrament, Bally, bought the mortqage for Immaculate Conception on Ridge Avenue. But the Germans lost the mortgage and the Irish snapped it up, so the German pastor led his people "accross the Jordan" to found Sacred Heart. One evening the Germans realized that they did pay off the pews and a painting of the Immaculate Conception in their old church, broke into it, and took back the same; the Irish found out about it and a fight broke out.
That's part of the reason why these days the bishop owns everything.
By the way, the only Catholic church in Allentown that was shut down recently, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, originally was Calvary M.E. Church before they left town.