Posted Monday, March 16, 2009
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is closing parishes. It's a wrenching process church leaders say is necessary. Most of the churches are in the city but most Catholics now live in the suburbs. A number of parishes are having trouble paying their bills. Plus, there's a priest shortage. These problems are not unique to Northeast Ohio. In fact, Cleveland’s Bishop Lennon was the architect of a contentious church closing process in Boston about five years ago. He oversaw the shuttering of his own childhood church. But the Cleveland diocese says closing some parishes is necessary to remain vibrant. Dan Moulthrop returns to lead a conversation about the churches slated to close what it will mean for parishioners. Monday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas®.
Sister Annette Amendolia, Parish Life Coordinator at St. Procop on the West Side, speaks about what the church means to the community. Among other things, the parish runs a homeless shelter for men.
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