UPDATE 5 Nov 2018:
Here’s the deal. I’ve been thinking about this demolition thing. It’s not just a matter of demolishing a church and then selling the property.
What happens is that scavenger experts come in and inventory all the beautiful architectural elements, all the carved stone, columns, decorations, etc. These things can be taken out before the structure is brought down and then sold off separately for HUGE MONEY.
So, you can see why some who really want lots of money would prefer to keep the church from being repaired. Instead they would make a lot of money by stripping its bones and selling the parts… sort of like what Planned Parenthood does to babies. Remember that? The video of gal talking about selling off the baby parts to make even more money?
In many cases – I’m not saying that that is the case here – the powers that be will keep lay people from fixing their church. They know what the lay people don’t know. The bits and pieces of their beautiful church are of great value.
I can’t imagine them doing that to THIS church. Can you? Nothing much. Architectural elements? Meh.
Originally Published on: Nov 4, 2018
One of the long-time readers here sent a copy of the document of the suppression (obliteration) a parish in the Diocese of Fall River. The Church and Parish of St. Anne are no more.
My correspondent wrote:
It is just a building. Just like the original Penn Station was just a train shed.
We’re so quick to jettison history for the sake of the almighty dollar. The diocesan almoner is probably counting the bills as we speak.
I wish you had a chance to see the interior, marvel at the statuary, frescoes, gold leaf, ambulatory shrines…and a 4,000 pipe Casavant organ.
The rose marble high altar. Stacks of crutches and other medical devices left at the statue of Good Ste Anne.
Yeah, it’s just a building.
In the meantime, another correspondent wrote on the same day about something going on in nearby Providence, RI.
From Rhode Island Catholic:
Traditional Latin Mass a draw at St. Mary’s on Broadway
PROVIDENCE — Two months after it has started offering the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, St. Mary’s Church on Broadway is drawing more than 250 people to its two Sunday Masses.
At the end of August, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a religious society which offers the Extraordinary Form, assumed leadership of the parish. The fraternity was invited to the Diocese of Providence by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin.
During a visit to the parish on Sunday Oct. 21, Bishop Tobin told the Rhode Island Catholic he was pleased with how the parish was progressing.
“I think they’re off to a terrific start. I think the response among the people has been very strong,” Bishop Tobin said.
We have to think “outside the box” about our old churches and the way we are doing things.
In order to think outside the box, maybe we need to get back into the box. After all, just about every crazy thing outside the Catholic box has been tried, to no avail. Maybe by getting back into the box we’ll find what will work, because it worked before. Inside is the new outside.