Catholics pan church closings

Catholics pan church closings

There are 48 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jan 27, 2008, titled Catholics pan church closings. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Steve Babinchak, a daily communicant with one eye on the eternal and the other on this troubled world, strays into territory far beyond nostalgia as he argues against the impending closure of churches in the ...

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Tralfaz

Hunlock Creek, PA

#45 May 31, 2008
This is something that had to be done
Our priest had to take care of three churches.
If the people all come together as one, there is
a chance for harmony by all working together and
sharing in all activities from each church.
marcbla

Sparta, NJ

#46 Jun 1, 2008
They left my town without any churches(coaldale)lHow do the elderly go now? Will they go to hell because they don't get to church anymore? My brother goes to ST Elizabeth church in Fullerton, which is right outside of allentown, they have THREE priests, no changes there. And what's this deal about changing names and making a new start.it's a bunch of crap. They will never get another dime out of me. this was purely a money decision all the big parishes will go on without any changews.why rock the money making boat? Why make sacrifices for the poorer parishes? Just get rid of us.
Still in the Boat

Fogelsville, PA

#47 Jun 1, 2008
The changes were necessary, and they should have been made years ago, especially in the Panther Valley. A declining population equated to declining funding. If you like the church building warm in the winter, someone must pay for that. Eleven buildings and a population for maybe three isn't difficult to figure out. My take on this: Come, join us and we'll figure out the problems together. Everything has a beginning and an end - we now have a new beginning.
Catholic

Bethlehem, PA

#48 Jun 1, 2008
It is important to realize a true believer in the Catholic faith does not turn away from their faith because of the harm done by others in the church, or by what progressive society tells them what is in fashion....ie to bash the church and follow popular opinion. The catholic church, started by Jesus Christ, has never changed its teachings and philosophies....it is the human race that has changed and descended down the wrong path. We will all be judged in the afterlife, by our individual actions, words, and thoughts, no matter who we are. Remember too, that Jesus said during the last supper, "This is my body, this is my blood, given up for you...eat of my body and drink of my blood and you will have eternal life". Think of those words when you decide to skip mass because it is inconvenient to go.
marcbla

Sparta, NJ

#49 Jun 5, 2008
Still in the Boat wrote:
The changes were necessary, and they should have been made years ago, especially in the Panther Valley. A declining population equated to declining funding. If you like the church building warm in the winter, someone must pay for that. Eleven buildings and a population for maybe three isn't difficult to figure out. My take on this: Come, join us and we'll figure out the problems together. Everything has a beginning and an end - we now have a new beginning.
Easy for you Do you have to go to another town to worship? We have many elderly people who rely on a church in their town> the catholic church should go out of their way to help those LESS fortunate, they are going in the wrong direction
Still in the Boat

Sparta, NJ

#50 Jun 6, 2008
marcbla wrote:
<quoted text>Easy for you Do you have to go to another town to worship? We have many elderly people who rely on a church in their town> the catholic church should go out of their way to help those LESS fortunate, they are going in the wrong direction
If I choose to go to another town, I use my car. If I don't have a car, I call a family member or a friend. Helping one another has always been a tenet of the faith.

Since: Jun 08

Toronto, Canada

#51 Jun 24, 2008
A more serious point that seems to have been missed is the rightful ownership of the churches. Some of the churches being closed by the Catholic hierarchy were bought and paid for by these ethnic communities. I'm not sure of the mechanism by which the various Catholic dioceses acquired operating control of these churches, but in the event that a Church was funded by an ethnic community, the Catholic diocese would not have the moral right to close this church.

Since: Dec 06

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#52 Jul 2, 2008
There are good and bad in every religion in the world.I seen hypocritical people everywhere.But one thing i will say,too many people only say the bad things about the catholic church and never talk about the good things they have done.How about the 2000 exorcisims they perform a year.

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