Many parishioners are expressing their disappointment after hearing the news that seven Catholic churches will be closing in Cape Breton…
Three other Glace Bay-area churches and three on the Northside will also close their doors by June 2014 – the latest in a long string of Catholic Church closures in recent years.
According to the Diocese of Antigonish – which just finished paying off a multi-million dollar legal settlement – a declining population and fewer people attending Mass are to blame.
“It’s really difficult. I think people have a sense that their churches were given to them by their forbearers, that they were called to use these churches and serve them and protect them,” says Father Donald MacGillivray.
The sheep are waking up, apparently…the population had entirely too much forebearance, if I’m any judge. (The most recent ex-bishop of Antigonish was arrested at Ottawa airport with a laptop full of child pornography – and a passport full of recent stamps from SE Asian trips.)