I bring to the readerships attention the plight of parishioners at one such church.
From The Herald News:
Peaceful protesters want transparency from church officials and a chance to save St. Anne’s
FALL RIVER – The people built St. Anne’s Church 112 years ago, and it’s the people intent on saving it today.
A crowd gathered Sunday afternoon in front of St. Anne’s to pray and peacefully protest the Fall River Diocese’s decision to close the beloved landmark Catholic church and shrine on Nov. 25.
“It’s the building, the history and the heritage,” said Bryan Boyle, whose family was one of many that built St. Anne’s. “You can’t remove the spirit of what it represents.”
Boyle said his French-Canadian great-grandfather purchased bricks that helped to erect the Romanesque marble structure in the early 1900s.
“This is a structure to last centuries,” he said.
Brian Boyle is a long-time reader and commentator here. I’ve had a lot of contact with him off the pages of this blog and he is a solid guy, not given to exaggerations.
Time and time again, I’ve heard about dioceses which want to close churches and sell off the land (guess what for!). They do so in such a way that parishoners and others hardly have any say or way to raise the money needed for structural repairs, etc. Some bishops take a more enlightened and creative path, and think inside the box: TRADITION. In many places where TRADITION is tried, it succeeds.
We must not squander our patrimony if it is possible to retain it. We don’t have to GIVE UP.
This church is in Fall River. Tomorrow, it could be your church. That’s why we all need to pay attention and even add our voices. You may live in, say, Idaho, but that church is also part of who you are.
Speaking of a place where TRADITION is being tried, HERE is a related story in Cincinnati:
CROWDS PACK RARE LATIN MASSES SPONSORED BY ORATORY
We just watched at the 2018 Synod (“walking together”) on Youth stumbled to its predictably embarrassing and cliche-ridden surcease. They mouthed over tired ideas about liturgy, as if we haven’t watched the last 50 years of implosions and erosions.
Maybe we should start thinking inside the box again.
The inside of the box is the new outside of the box.