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Andrew Saucci said in July 23rd, 2020 at 9:56 pm

I too was concerned about the concept of going from 1,000 parishes to 40, but the way things are going in Germany it may not matter; the bottom line is that the Church there is almost dead. If anything, though, right now we need decentralization, not centralization. It would be nice, for example, if those who wanted to go to Mass without all the trappings of insanity present were allowed to do so at some parish, somewhere, but in today’s environment, practically everything is dictated by “the diocese,” meaning civil lawyers and other bureaucrats who take their cues from big government and big business.

As much as I will lament the loss of many churches, the good, the bad, and the ugly, I have to wonder if even some of the most beautiful are nothing but Hollywood facades (apart from Jesus’ Real Presence within) that might be better allowed to be torn down rather than perpetuate the illusion of a strong Church.

Finally, I will never forget attending Easter Sunday Mass with seven other people at Our Lady of Vilnius in Manhattan some years ago. Shortly afterward, after it had closed, I read an article on Internet condemning the Cardinal for closing it. While I understood the concern of the author, and I now say a prayer of lament every time I drive into the Holland Tunnel, by the time the people aren’t there, it’s too late. If the Church in Germany in particular and elsewhere in general hadn’t become so heterodox and complacent, closing and merging parishes wouldn’t be a discussion topic; we’d be talking about building and establishing new ones, and we’d be ordaining new priests to serve in them.

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