Report: Churches closing

Report: Churches closing

There are 10 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Feb 10, 2008, titled Report: Churches closing. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Six city parishes will close by July 1, according to a statement read during afternoon Mass at several Catholic churches yesterday.

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Since: Jan 08

Pittsfield, MA

#1 Feb 10, 2008
It was only a matter of time. Not enough priests and too few people attending church. What are we going to do with all the empty buildings??
Jim from Mass

AOL

#2 Feb 10, 2008
Somebody better start whispering in the pope's ear about women and married priests on the altar. The church is bringing priests from foreign countries to forestall the inevitable,
like it or not they are unable to recruit adequate numbers of vocations.
If they want a viable church something had better change and soon
ARD

Syracuse, NY

#3 Feb 10, 2008
Now that the arabs are running GE, they'll probably turn them into terrorist schools, I mean mosques.
TRS

Syracuse, NY

#4 Feb 10, 2008
If people only knew how much church has changed my once, very troubled life, then I dont believe they would be closing any of them. If I was able to change my ways with gods help then I know that there are millions out there who could find the same benifit. But how can they find that if churches keep closing. Come on people, we let the bars stay open, we let the drug deallers keep trucking through our city, but yet, we cant find a way to keep churches open...... that just shocks me...typical Berkshire County for you. God Bless all of you who try to help keep our churches open and even for thoses who dont, god bless you.
Paul from Williamstown

Kinderhook, NY

#5 Feb 10, 2008
A few thoughts:
Is the decline of an older form of Christianity, Catholicism, accompanied by a rise in the many forms of Protestant churches?
Did the pedophile priests hasten a pre-existing decline in Catholic church membership? They took huge hits financially that diverted resources from the maintenance of their church communities.
Does the perception of the Vatican's tone-deaf ear for the issues of their worldwide following signal the end of that form of Christianity? The comment about women and married priests seems to reflect that.
What could be the process for the re-purposing of these big buildings in our midst? ARD's ignorant comments might actually not be implausible. Only Mormonism is growing faster than Islam.
Has the time for the utility of organized worship of imagined deities come to an end? Who will prop up the military-industrial complex that so desperately needs religious polarization to foment its wars? Only partially kidding here, it would be nice to stop spending so much on wars and so little on education.
Anti Mclean and CIA too

Clockville, NY

#6 Feb 10, 2008
I like that guys comment...

The politially correct name for Terrorist Schoo is Mosque
Christian Searcher

Clockville, NY

#7 Feb 10, 2008
Poverty, Love and Kindness was supposed to be the Way the Apostles lived....
PG ex-Berkshire resident

Clearwater, FL

#8 Feb 10, 2008
It is sad that so many churches are closing. Times have changed and younger people need to get involved in a church. Without attracting the younger generation, the churches cannot grow. Our church here in Largo, FL has two services, a traditional and a contemporary. There is a mixture of all ages at these services, but the praise band attracts the younger generation. I am not downing the Catholic church, but so much of their beliefs are pagan and not in the Bible. Get the younger ones involved with more activities, music, english,prayer times, fun, and most important, teaching what is in the Bible.
CJG

Sandisfield, MA

#9 Feb 10, 2008
Paul from Williamstown wrote:
A few thoughts:
Is the decline of an older form of Christianity, Catholicism, accompanied by a rise in the many forms of Protestant churches?
Did the pedophile priests hasten a pre-existing decline in Catholic church membership? They took huge hits financially that diverted resources from the maintenance of their church communities.
Does the perception of the Vatican's tone-deaf ear for the issues of their worldwide following signal the end of that form of Christianity? The comment about women and married priests seems to reflect that.
What could be the process for the re-purposing of these big buildings in our midst? ARD's ignorant comments might actually not be implausible. Only Mormonism is growing faster than Islam.
Has the time for the utility of organized worship of imagined deities come to an end? Who will prop up the military-industrial complex that so desperately needs religious polarization to foment its wars? Only partially kidding here, it would be nice to stop spending so much on wars and so little on education.
2 Good questions: to the first, the church closings are symptoms of many things - one of which is the general decline of population in Massachusetts - have you looked at public school enrollments in Berkshire County? Prostestant churches in the secular northeast are dying out just as fast as the Catholic chuches, the northeast is a very secular area whose only interest in religion is denigrating it. To the second question - yes - the pedophile priests had a huge impact on the decline but in many cases it was Catholics who were not strong in their faith to begin with and used the priest abuse scandals as a reason to stop going to church. I make no excuse for these predators - but Catholics should remember they worship God, not a priest. To the writers other point - the church has principles which its followers adhere to - changing its principles to gain popularity in a secular humanist world is a good precription for decline.
The Church is healthy and thriving in places where the Western culture of materialism,phony media engendered superficiality, and the glorification of the celebrity cult has not taken hold.

After the first two questions you veered into a sad cliched craziness. It is obvious that you never studied history - the times in history that were most savage were when the secular had the upper hand over the religious - the reigns of terror of National Socialist Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in Russia (what's the common denominator there?) come to mind first. And yes a deity can only be imagined, that is why it is called faith - and we pray for those who have no faith, and those who are God's to themselves - what a disappointment. As G.K. Chesterton said: "Those who believe in nothing, will believe anything."
penny pincher

AOL

#11 Feb 11, 2008
maybe the church could really get kids interested by telling them that they are sinners. work 40 hours give the church 10 percent of your pay to pay for your sins. if thats not enough show them christ dying on a cross. thats pretty morbid. not morbid enough tell them to eat his body then drink his blood. wow that ought to bring them in by the millions. im sure all this is symbolism .to bizarre to me.

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