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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

My house shall be called a house of prayer

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....but you have turned it into a holiday home.

Fall River Diocese

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Another Diocese starts on the lamentable path of closure. Where would the Church be today if the message of the early Church was "Downsize now!"

Changing heritage status of inner Sydney church

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Archdiocese of Sydney changes its mind on architectural value of a Church.

My house shall be called a house of prayer

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...but you have turned it into a Police Training College.

My house shall be a house of prayer

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...but you have turned it into the Victory Arts Centre. See especially the historic photos.

This was the Chapel before and this is now the Chapel

Sisters of Notre Dame Convent, Dunbarton

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Former convent go ahead for homes

More details of the Sisters and their Foundress

The Catholic New World: 10 parishes take hand in restructuring

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Redemptorist Father Ramon Dompke, pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes (South Keeler), said he suggested officially closing all the parishes. And Father Dompke is a representative of a once great Missionary order the Redemptorists!

The Servites did the same thing to their Church in Brussels. They are now invisible with a modern Church in the middle of a housing complex.

The Director of Research and Planning

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Jean Welter, the Kathleen Heck of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

And we heard so much for years about the importance of the Church from beneath, basic communities and the inner city.

Cardinal George approves plan to close struggling churches

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Standard techniques being used

Committee of the laity reaches the decision. The only communication with the clergy is via post, otherwise all you here is from a Diocesan spokesperson.

Imagine what would have happened to the Church if St Paul had sent letters to the Churches dispersed all over the Mediteranean telling them to close because they had less than 100 members.

This link also has a video report.

Archdiocese of Chicago

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Catholic Church closing five West Side parishes

"Parishes built for separate ethnic groups decades ago saw a steep decline in membership when African-Americans, many of whom are not Catholic, replaced whites on the West Side. "

So these Churches should become mission Churches. You are not going to evangelize anyone by closing Churches.

Mary Immaculate Boston

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A more humane solution proposed.

Archbishop O'Malley

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I believe these are the times when the "greater sacrifices" interview is being broadcast on BCTV.

The inconsistent Archbishop

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who could not answer the question.

Protest spreads

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to St Bernhard's Newton

Archbishop O'Malley

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asks for 'greater sacrifices' in church closings. What more does the Archbishop want?