PopeWatch: Abandoned Churches

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A perfect symbol of this papacy:

That’s why the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) and the Gregorian University in Rome have called for an international congress next November 29-30 called, “Does God not live here anymore? Disposal of places of worship and integrated management of ecclesiastical cultural assets,” to be held at the Jesuit-run campus.

Given the massive scope of Church properties around the world, it comes as no surprise that there’s no exact number of struggling and abandoned churches. Secularization, a decrease in vocations and economic mismanagement have led to significant challenges for many parishes worldwide, and speakers at the press event said that the problem exists in many countries.

“We have registered an extraordinary interest by the bishops of various countries,” Ravasi said.

The congress aims at presenting guidelines on the disposal and reutilizations of the Church’s patrimony. In the next few weeks, delegates from bishops’ conferences in Europe, North America and Oceania will discuss and approve the document.

Go here to read the rest.  One would think that in such a time the Pope would be concentrating on growing the Church, our duty under the Great Commission give to the Church by Christ:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Mathew 28: 19

However that seems to be the very last thing the Pope has on his mind.


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  1. Listening to this pope, one could easily discern there is no need whatsoever to become Catholic. Thank God no one listens to him anymore.

  2. Closed Church. Empty pews.
    Venerable Fr. John Hardon, an honest to goodness member of the Society of Jesus;

    “Those who do not believe do not pray. This is a good functional definition of faith. Faith prays, unbelief does not.”

    The collapse of the Catholic Church, the Catholic faithful and the Catholic ordained is simply a lack of prayer. When the ordained don’t pray how can one expect the faithful to pray? Unbelief has closed the doors and emptied God’s house.

  3. Managing the decline: the motto of this papacy.

    Last one out, turn off the lights, close the doors, give the imam the keys.

  4. “Last one out, turn off the lights, close the doors, give the imam the keys.”
    Steve, I hope you don’t mind, I’m going to borrow that expression. Dave

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