AWAKE Magazine January 8, 2005

Church Doors Closing

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON, U.S.A., has announced that it will close 65 of its 357 parishes —almost one fifth of the total. Some 60 churches and 120 related buildings will be sold. According to The New York Tunes, this restructuring is “caused partly by declining attendance and increased financial problems that were worsened by the sexual abuse crisis among clergy members.” The newspaper quotes R. Scott Appleby, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame University, as saying that the scandal has put a drain on the financial resources of the archdiocese” to such an extent that it cannot keep parishes afloat.”


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