Cleveland liquidating churches, holy items
The major reasons of the closing of Churches are that

- there are not enough priests

- there are no faithful in the area of the Church

In the diocese of Cleveland in 1970 there were 596 priests, and from that 240 were below 40 years old. Today there are 273 active priests and only 32 below 40 years old.

Also most of the parishes were inner city parishes for immigrant or second generation congregations, usually a small group of one etnicity. Their children and even themselves  moved to the suburbs and do not go back to their original Churches. The newcommers are either not Catholics, or lapsed Catholics, and the Baptists or Pentecostals give more attention and help to them that the Catholic Church. The sad truth is that Catholic people, not even the traditional ones, do not rise new priest. The Church in the US will shrink down to one third of the 1970 size or less, and this is better the what is in Western Europe. The selling of the Churches is natural part of the shrinking process, and primarily not the hierarchy and the remaining priests are responsible.

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Re: Cleveland liquidating churches, holy items - by glgas - 11-02-2009, 09:04 PM

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