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  • Siobain Flaherty
    May 7, 2014 Reply

    Please don’t close The Church of the Holy Innocents. It is so beautiful and historic. And it is the only church in the 5 boroughs that offers a Latin Mass on holy days. I just attended the most breathtakingly beautiful Good Friday service that I may never have gotten the chance to experience in my life. I had planned to do this every year for as long as I could. Every time I have attended mass there it is always very full. Please spare this beautiful house of God. I understand the difficult decisions you have to make. I wil pray for you.

  • Thomas Kralik
    May 7, 2014 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    I have read about your plans to close Holy Innocents Church on West 37th Street. This church is in a perfect location for commuters and is full for most daily 6pm masses. People are active in this parish and are able to promote our faith to hundreds of commuters who attend mass there daily. I am a member of a church in New Jersey where I live, but like so many others, consider that church our home in Manhattan. Please reconsider closing this church. Thank you.

  • ces
    May 8, 2014 Reply

    For the Archdiocese to call the closing and merging of churches in New York to be a pastoral and sacred work is tragic and a mockery. How can the destruction of consecrated and holy houses of worship be called sacred work? If the Archdiocese is truly concerned about saving souls, instead of closing churches, they should work on getting people back to Church by going back to teaching truly sound doctrine and being holy witnesses to the Faith; to be courageous defenders and preachers of the truth of the Faith. How many priests and bishops are neglecting this very important work? They do not even celebrate the Mass reverently and so many are committing all sorts of liturgical abuses which has weakened the life of the Church. What the laity urgently need are holy bishops and priests who are willing to be counter cultural, who will fight for Christ and His Church and speak the truth without fear. Very sadly, this is the state of the Church and this is the main reason why Churches are not full. Many Shepherds are not willing to leave the ninety nine to seek the one lost sheep. If we go back to teaching and instructing the faithful solid Catholic doctrine, we will have our Churches full. When bishops and priests begin to be more concerned about money than saving souls, then there is a problem. What if in the future the remaining Churches begin filling up, how does the Archdiocese intend to solve the problem? We cannot get back those Churches that have been closed and sold, especially in Manhattan. What then? The Archdiocese should look at the example of St. Jean Vianney who single handedly, with God’s grace brought an entire community which spread far beyond back to the Faith with his zeal for souls and love for Christ and His Church and who never backed down from the truth. I truly pray that the Archdiocese will rescind from its decision of closing these churches and instead look at the root of the problem and humbly admit its pastoral failure and work on a strategy to re catechize the faithful with sound doctrine in order to get the faithful back into the Church.

  • Dante
    May 8, 2014 Reply

    What is pastoral planning suppose to mean? I would certainly hope it is not radical, dramatic or crisis driven, Yet you call it sound, patient, and prayerful. Yet I wonder when deep spiritual formation, thorough doctrinal comprehension, and ageless wisdom will come into the mix. When will the reaching for superficial ‘sound bits’, meaningless ‘church-speak’, distractions and redirecting end, and profound Rome Catholic spirituality, honest intellectual thought, and great humility begin?

    You are correct in being outraged by those who describe the Church as being in a crisis. It’s not at all a crisis, it’s a catastrophe! Every Catholic in the pew knows this, every priest who lives in a confessional knows it, and every soul going to hell knows it. You’re fascinated by the growth of the early Church. They built from nothing and worked their way forward with help of the Holy Spirit and their extraordinary faith. Two thousand years later the mandate to grow has been replaced with simply tearing down and consolidation.

    Saving souls fills empty pews, flawless liturgies saves souls, constant visits to the dying, sick, and elderly saves souls, preaching doctrine saves souls, well administered sacraments saves souls, sacrifices of all kinds saves souls, and a Church hierarchy that loudly and boldly defends against mortal sin saves souls.

    Until the Vatican II mind set turns away from self-worship and accepts true humility, this catastrophe, unknown in the history of the Roman Catholic Church will continue.

 

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