A reader sent me a link to a photo-story on HuffPo.
This is so sad. You may actually weep with sorrow, anger, frustration.
The photo-story is of abandoned churches.
Even in their disheveled ruin they are still more beautiful than the monstrosities from the last few decades, “churches” that make municipal airports look gracious.
Here are a few of the photos. See the rest over there.
Coming to a neighborhood near you?
Grace and elbow-grease, dear readers.
There are many and various reasons why churches are closed. You can list them on your own. Yes, people move away and demographics shift. Yes, there are economic downturns.
- When people value something, they pay for it.
- When Catholics lose their Catholic identity, they stop valuing Catholic things.
- When the Church’s pastors compromise Catholic identity in their preaching and, above all, liturgical ars celebrandi, people lose their Catholic identity.
Our Lord promised that Hell would not prevail against the Church.
He did NOT promise that Hell would not prevail over the Church where you live.