Quoted from: thealtonroute
I am new to this forum, and I wanted to share with posters the fact that the Church is driving away many of its faithful. In my hometown of Streator, IL the Diocese of Peoria is currently destroying three viable parishes in a very misguided attempt at consolidation. There are three traditional Catholic churches in town and the Diocese wants to demolish them all and have a megachurch of sorts built out in the country. In the meantime, the pastor of the churches in town is running my home parish to the ground. I’m sure that he and the diocese figure a completely demoralized parish won’t present much of an opposition to this joke of a consolidated church. Building evaluations were recently completed on all three churches in Streator. Many people feel that the diocese and the local pastor will exaggerate the weaknesses of our old churches so that they have an excuse to close and demolish them. It’s obvious that priests are being kept out of Streator to exaggerate the claim that there’s a shortage of clergy. There are only two priests in town for three parishes, one of which has a school. In the nearby town of Ottawa, with a slightly larger population, there are 5 priests. My personal feeling is that the parishes are being consolidated so that the diocese can squeeze more money out of Streator. Nothing but money matters on the diocesan level.
A rural parish outside of Streator already has fallen victim to this ill-planned scheme. St. Patrick’s Church in Ransom, IL originally was included in the consolidation plan despite the fact that it had few connections to Streator. At the time it was very obvious that St. Pat’s was being closed so that the parish’s 80 acres of farmland could be sold off to pay for the property on which the new church would be built. St. Pat’s parishioners fought vigorously to get out of the consolidation fiasco. Even though the parish eventually did get out of the whole fiasco, the parish was pretty much destroyed and services are still suspended.
I love the Catholic faith and always go to Mass but my respect for the institutional Catholic Church is rapidly deteriorating. The poor decisions of the hierarchy have caused so many problems in the Church. Streator’s always been a heavily Catholic town, but the actions of the diocese and the local pastor are driving people away left and right. I’ve been protesting this fiasco as much as I can. Although I’m disgusted with the Catholic Church in central Illinois, I never will leave. What disturbs me is that people will leave the Church for Protestant churches without ever fighting against the injustice that is destroying our parishes. Please pray for the parishes of Streator, IL.
I had to create another, there is a troll that posted a vile image just after the OP created their thread, so am giving people an alternative thread to use instead to spare them.