Vatican investigates Cleveland closures
Quote:The Vatican is investigating Bishop Richard Lennon’s closings of churches in the Cleveland Diocese.

The report Friday in the Italian newspaper La Stampa by veteran Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti, said the Vatican has decided to send “an apostolic visit, or rather, an investigation” to look into Lennon’s decisions on the closings, the Plain Dealer reports.

Lennon, citing changes in Catholic demographics, a shortage of priests and dwindling Sunday cash collections, ordered the shuttering of 50 parishes, beginning in August 2009 and ending in June 2010.

More than a dozen Cleveland-area churches appealed their closings to the Holy See and are still waiting for decisions from the Congregation for the Clergy.

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