Friday, June 6, 2008

New Catholic Blogger in DOR

A new (to me) Catholic blogger has appeared on the DOR scene.

From Journey To A New Pentecost ...

[A]m I missing something? The Catholic school buildings were built from the collective wallets of the laity, but the Diocese of Rochester will not allow these buildings to be leased by independent lay groups (not that the laity matter these days).

... I’d also like to challenge, David Kelly, the Diocesan spokes person who stated that Bishop Clark wants a “stabilize” Catholic school system. The Catholic school system in the Diocese of Rochester has not been stablized since the first reorganization in the eighties, hence the reason why the laity would like a chance at managing Catholic education themselves. 

... I don’t think it fair that the laity are not given a chance at running an independent Catholic School with the blessings from their Bishop. They can’t do any worse than the Diocese of Rochester.

I couldn't agree more.  Keep up the good work!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice comments about my blog Mike. Did you see that the Diocese is closing Holy Family Church? You see. I told you so... The Diocese announced in January that HF school would close and announced in June that the Church would close. I believe the real reason behind the reorganization of Catholic schools is because the Diocese already had a plan in place to close some of the Churches. You wait. There will be more churches closing soon.

Mike said...


According to the D&C story, Holy Family has an average Mass attendance of about 300. Unless many of those folks are awfully well-heeled, that almost certainly translates into too little money in the collection basket to provide staffing, pay the heating bill and other operating expenses and keep an old building in good repair.

I suspect this church closing really comes down to money - or the lack of it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Mike that closing Holy Family came down to money. But I can't help but wonder if the real ulterior motive behind the closing of 13 catholic schools is because a plan was previously in place to close some of the Churches also. I came from St. Monica's and they are struggling financialy and only average 300 at Mass each weekend. I could be mistaken, but I would be willing to bet you that after the schools close in June, the Churches will follow within the next two to three years.