Catholic Diocese making cuts in half of its churches


320997_4003656459795_1891007552_nHere is another example of reductions in a Roman Catholic Diocese.  It is similar to the cuts in Streator, IL.  This is an example of economic and social reality realigning our church base, not only Catholic but similarly in most Protestant Denominations. It does not necessarily mean Christianity is shrinking. 
  Church bodies, individual congregations, and parishes rarely want to voluntarily shrink. This is the process of clearing away the dead wood and bloated parish rolls, but on a larger scale. Church membership rolls always retain for a time those who have become inactive, moved, or abandoned their religious identity.
It often is a matter of pride in numbers and/or status which delay such actions. Yet, what remains after this evaluation more accurately represents that which is alive and involved in the business of Christianity.
It is necessary for the health and vitality of the Church to accurately evaluate our membership. 
    However, it always hurts. And occasionally mistakes in judgement are made. Hopefully such errors will be rectified, and hurts soothed. Christianity has the  mechanisms in place to do just that. Our Father in heaven knows us so very well.
Fr. Orthohippo

Reporter: Associated Press

Saginaw Diocese Making Cuts in Half of Churches

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — The head of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw says about half of its 109 places of worship will reduce or end services over the next three years.

Mlive.com says Bishop Joseph Cistone announced the cuts at Bay City’s St. Joseph church, where regular Masses will end in July 2014.

The diocese covers 11 counties in central lower Michigan and says 109,000 people count themselves as members, down about 32 percent since 1988.

The diocese says that so far, no churches are slated to close. Cistone says the diocese is designating 56 of the 109 churches as parish churches, 24 for additional use and 29 for occasional use, Cistone said.

The bishop says decision to sell churches will be up to the parish’s administration.

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