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The Painful Process of Parish Closings

Monday, March 16, 2009 at 9:00 am
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is closing parishes. It's a wrenching process church leaders say is necessary. Most of the churches are in the city but most Catholics now live in the suburbs. A number of parishes are having trouble paying their bills. Plus, there's a priest shortage. These problems are not unique to Northeast Ohio. In fact, Cleveland’s Bishop Lennon was the architect of a contentious church closing process in Boston about five years ago. He oversaw the shuttering of his own childhood church. But the Cleveland diocese says closing some parishes is necessary to remain vibrant. Dan Moulthrop returns to lead a conversation about the churches slated to close what it will mean for parishioners. Monday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas®.


John J. Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Historian The Western Reserve Historical Society Editor, Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
Doris K. Donnelly, Professor of Religious Studies, John Carroll University
David C. Barnett, ideastream® Reporter/Producer
Michael Paulson Religion Reporter, the Boston Globe

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