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Bishop Clark’s Decree Regarding the Future of Irondequoit

May 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Folks – there’s nothing more which I can say. Just read this. Nothing good can come of this:

Update from Dr. K, 8:18 PM: I believe this decree is dealing with the dissolution of the five parishes as separate parish entities (similar to what happened with Peace of Christ). It does not appear to call for closure of any particular church building. Were closure to be decreed, it would seem that such would need to be clearly stated in the document. I am not sure what this may mean for STA at this point in time. Has the diocese decided to give STA time to prove it should remain open, like was awarded to Holy Name? Is another decree of closure soon to follow? Has the diocese accepted the addendum of St. Thomas (to keep it open) which was attached to and sent along with the IPPG recommendation?

We will post updates as information arrives.

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6 Responses to “Bishop Clark’s Decree Regarding the Future of Irondequoit”

  1. Mike says:

    This new super-parish will own all the assets of the existing 5 parishes. It will be able to spend any currently existing funds as it sees fit and will be able to sell off any property, again, as it sees fit.

    STA's (and the other 4 parish's) property and bank accounts are being subsumed into this entity.

    The bishop says he needs to come up with a name for this new parish.

    Might I suggest "St. Borg"?

    The parish's motto could then be "Resistance is futile."

  2. Bill B. says:

    Seems if all assets go to the "new" entity, it keeps the funds in a parish. Perhaps one would work in three sites. This approaches the thought process of who would be the pastor of the parish east of the river and who for the west. That is coming soon enough.

  3. Anonymous says:

    "The good of souls?" "THE GOOD OF SOULS?" How does closing two parishes in any way promote the good of souls? You're going to see a lot of people leave the Catholic Church over this. And this is for the GOOD OF SOULS? You don't give a rat's ass about souls, Bishop Clark. Mass attendance is in a nosedive in Rochester, but you refuse to step back and acknowledge that it's because of your stupid progressive policies. For the good of souls my ass. Nothing you have done is for the good of souls. The devil himself could not have done a better job destroying the Church in Rochester.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like instead of taking responsibility for closing the 2 parishes, the Bishop will create this merged parish and let the pastor take all the flack for closing the two "buildings" in his parish. It also sounds like by merging St. Thomas Apostle before closing it, maybe thats how they can legally get their hands on its trust fund money.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The bishop justifies this outrage by saying it is for the "good of souls." Will he please tell me how that is going to happen? As a long-time parishioner of St. Thomas, I can't see my faith being strengthened by worshiping in the new parish with those who contributed to our betrayal. stingo

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oops. The word verification code doesn't belong in my posting. My soul is in turmoil and so are my fingers.

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