Diocese Announces More Church Closing...

Diocese Announces More Church Closings, Mergers

There are 45 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Dec 2, 2007, titled Diocese Announces More Church Closings, Mergers. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

Two catholic churches on Buffalo's West Side will close and merge with Annunciation Church on Lafayette Avenue.

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Kurt Lauer

Niagara Falls, NY

#2 Dec 2, 2007
Mr Keenan, Since when is bigger better. Our Lady of Loretto has a wonderful following as well as a very active youth organization. The church is newer and therefore the mechanicals are in better condition thus less overhead costs. I personally don't care that there are more marriages/baptisms. Isn't this supposed to be about whats best for the community. Since when is it a wise move to take a vibrant/active community and order it to merge with one that may not be willing to offer the same quality of worship that we are used to.
drmike o

Horsham, PA

#6 Dec 3, 2007
Kurt Lauer wrote:
Mr Keenan, Since when is bigger better. Our Lady of Loretto has a wonderful following as well as a very active youth organization. The church is newer and therefore the mechanicals are in better condition thus less overhead costs. I personally don't care that there are more marriages/baptisms. Isn't this supposed to be about whats best for the community. Since when is it a wise move to take a vibrant/active community and order it to merge with one that may not be

willing to offer the same quality of worship that we are used to.
Kurt, don't be so naive....Loretto is on 15th street....the people of that neighborhood cannot contribute what the diocese wants...therefore, it will close...I was on the so-called committee when it started, but when the first thing they asked us to consider was the contribution factor, I knew where this was going and resigned...
Bookey the Elephant

Delevan, NY

#7 Dec 3, 2007
Oh stop whining and go to church!
Bob

Old Bethpage, NY

#8 Dec 3, 2007
Who cares.Close all of them.
tina

East Amherst, NY

#9 Dec 3, 2007
Maybe the people in these parishes should quit blaming the Bishop and start blaming all the politicians who have made this an impossible place for people to stay! There are less than half the people in the city that lived here in the '50s. Churches are closing because of this. They probably are opening Catholic churches in NC, FL, GA (every state but NY!)
Voice of the people

East Amherst, NY

#10 Dec 3, 2007
Its obvious that perhaps even God has moved out of most of the inner city of Buffalo! This place has a long standing curse.
Sterling

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Dec 3, 2007
tina wrote:
Maybe the people in these parishes should quit blaming the Bishop and start blaming all the politicians who have made this an impossible place for people to stay! There are less than half the people in the city that lived here in the '50s. Churches are closing because of this. They probably are opening Catholic churches in NC, FL, GA (every state but NY!)
Tina,
It is more likely that churches are closing because i. Catholics have been driven away because of the many crimes and scandals of the vatican. 2. There was a schism in the church which divided it, 3. There is a severe shortage of new priests to pastor the churches, 4. many churches no longer have the financial means to continue because of diminished contributors and contributions,(as is understandable as the trust has been broken), and 5. the churches have been mismanaged by the vatican and by its assigned "officials". The local politicians probably had little, if anything, to do with the many church closings.
Sterling

Pompano Beach, FL

#12 Dec 3, 2007
tina wrote:
Maybe the people in these parishes should quit blaming the Bishop and start blaming all the politicians who have made this an impossible place for people to stay! There are less than half the people in the city that lived here in the '50s. Churches are closing because of this. They probably are opening Catholic churches in NC, FL, GA (every state but NY!)
In response to the second part of your comment, it is very unlikely that there will be many new churches,(roman catholic), opened in the near or even distant future. The church has and is going through a tremendous upheaval which has yet to reach its peak. If they are successful in getting their current law suits set aside, which will not happen, that would be advantageous, or if they can get the Orthodox churches to bow to the pope, that would be advantageous, or if there would be a very charismatic, new pope who can relate to and convert masses of people, not only in third world countries miredin poverty, that would be advantageous, or if the vatican can make a "deal" with a generous country for their participation in more deception, that would be advantageous to the vatican,but I don't see that this could happen soon. The vatican is reaping its rewards for its misbehaviors and unfortunaltely the faithful are again at the butt of the consequences.
WNYer

AOL

#13 Dec 3, 2007
Wait till the Catholic Charities drive comes around.

I think the Bishop is going to be shocked by the lack of contributions
Ron

Lancaster, NY

#14 Dec 3, 2007
Once again the popes's hatchet man strikes again..... The RC church is dying because it is being led by a bunch of rich old men who live in palaces. They are so afraid to make any changes that might threaten their power that they are killing the entire church. In South America Islam is the fastest growing religion, why; because all the RC church does is threaten them into having babies they can't feed or care for and giving money they can't aford.

As far as I am concerned the RC church can close every one of it's churches. The RC message..... "give us money"...... "obey us without question"......
Speak the Truth

Buffalo, NY

#15 Dec 3, 2007
Ron wrote:
Once again the popes's hatchet man strikes again..... The RC church is dying because it is being led by a bunch of rich old men who live in palaces. They are so afraid to make any changes that might threaten their power that they are killing the entire church. In South America Islam is the fastest growing religion, why; because all the RC church does is threaten them into having babies they can't feed or care for and giving money they can't aford.
As far as I am concerned the RC church can close every one of it's churches. The RC message..... "give us money"...... "obey us without question"......
I totally agree with you!! It sucks to say that maybe once all the old RC'ers die, there will be some younger people with a better vision to lead the way. The RC rule the church like Hitler ran Germany, "you do what I say, or your dead (excommunicated)", sucks to put it that way. Look at pro-choice, if I had a daughter who was raped, I would want her to have an abortion if she so wanted one. But thats a no no in the churches eyes. Maybe Rome should go away and let the religon be ran by the faithful.
Sterling

Pompano Beach, FL

#16 Dec 3, 2007
Ron wrote:
Once again the popes's hatchet man strikes again..... The RC church is dying because it is being led by a bunch of rich old men who live in palaces. They are so afraid to make any changes that might threaten their power that they are killing the entire church. In South America Islam is the fastest growing religion, why; because all the RC church does is threaten them into having babies they can't feed or care for and giving money they can't aford.
As far as I am concerned the RC church can close every one of it's churches. The RC message..... "give us money"...... "obey us without question"......
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world today. That may be one reason that the vatican is exploring the "possibility" of discussion with them. I see this as unlikely to acheive any measurable success in the arena of acheiving world peace, given the mind set of the pope today.
Ron

Lancaster, NY

#17 Dec 3, 2007
The main problem is that John Paul and now Benedict have stacked the college of cardnials with ultra-conservitives. Which means the next pope will be the same old "status quo".
Speak the Truth wrote:
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I totally agree with you!! It sucks to say that maybe once all the old RC'ers die, there will be some younger people with a better vision to lead the way. The RC rule the church like Hitler ran Germany, "you do what I say, or your dead (excommunicated)", sucks to put it that way. Look at pro-choice, if I had a daughter who was raped, I would want her to have an abortion if she so wanted one. But thats a no no in the churches eyes. Maybe Rome should go away and let the religon be ran by the faithful.
Ron

Lancaster, NY

#18 Dec 3, 2007
I am not a member of the Islamic faith but I do know that Islam reaches out to the poor and does not demand they give money in exchange for "salvation".

As for discussions that is really a joke. The vatican's idea of discussions is for Islam to admit they are wrong and worship at the pope's feet for forgivness.
Sterling wrote:
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Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world today. That may be one reason that the vatican is exploring the "possibility" of discussion with them. I see this as unlikely to acheive any measurable success in the arena of acheiving world peace, given the mind set of the pope today.
Economist

Buffalo, NY

#19 Dec 3, 2007
drmike o wrote:
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Kurt, don't be so naive....Loretto is on 15th street....the people of that neighborhood cannot contribute what the diocese wants...therefore, it will close...I was on the so-called committee when it started, but when the first thing they asked us to consider was the contribution factor, I knew where this was going and resigned...
Religion is a business like any other. If the customers do not spend sufficently the enterprise will be closed. Closing inner city churches is the same process as the closing of city stores and restaurants and reopening the businesses in the suburbs where business is more profitable.
Dust Storm

United States

#20 Dec 3, 2007
Sterling wrote:
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Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world today. That may be one reason that the vatican is exploring the "possibility" of discussion with them. I see this as unlikely to acheive any measurable success in the arena of acheiving world peace, given the mind set of the pope today.
Funny stuff.
There are more new Christians added to the world population than any other religion on earth every day. This data makes the entire discussion about "rates of growth" irrelevant. The fact is today, that Christianity is the fastest growing religion on this most critical basis. This may change, but today, in 2004 AD, Christians take the prize for being the fastest growing religion.
On none of the 6 continents are Muslims the fastest growing religion.
That Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world is pure myth at best and at worst a deliberate deception of solid statistical facts.
http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-myths-fastest...
Marsand

Jamaica, NY

#21 Dec 3, 2007
Ron wrote:
The main problem is that John Paul and now Benedict have stacked the college of cardnials with ultra-conservitives. Which means the next pope will be the same old "status quo".
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Ultra Conservatives? All these guys are modernist, masonic heretics. They are destroying the RC church. No one is drafted into the Church. It is entirely voluntary
Peace

United States

#22 Dec 3, 2007
It is proposed that my parish church be merged with a neighboring parish which has six hundred less families on the books. I also was an employee and have already lost my position in the parish after twenty years of employment. We have no debt, no school and we are in a first ring suburb.Am I hurt, brokenhearted. Am I angry, yes. Have I cried, yes. Do I blame Sr. Regina, no. She has answered my calls and has responded to those parishioners who wrote to her. Try it.
Let's pray that the first assignment for the new parishes will be a mandatoy parish council. Let the parishioners be heard.

“Get Some Cheese For That Whine”

Since: Nov 07

United States

#23 Dec 3, 2007
WNYer wrote:
Wait till the Catholic Charities drive comes around.
I think the Bishop is going to be shocked by the lack of contributions
I would like to think so, but somehow the sheep always open their wallets to these thieves...
Ron

Buffalo, NY

#24 Dec 4, 2007
"More Christians" but NOT Catholics. As for Islam both the BBC and CNN refer to it as the fastest growing religion on the planet.
Dust Storm wrote:
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Funny stuff.
There are more new Christians added to the world population than any other religion on earth every day. This data makes the entire discussion about "rates of growth" irrelevant. The fact is today, that Christianity is the fastest growing religion on this most critical basis. This may change, but today, in 2004 AD, Christians take the prize for being the fastest growing religion.
On none of the 6 continents are Muslims the fastest growing religion.
That Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world is pure myth at best and at worst a deliberate deception of solid statistical facts.
http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-myths-fastest...

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