I wasn’t sure where to post this, so I figured I’d put it in this forum.
I went home today (30 minutes away) for an appointment. While in town, I wanted to go to a church I’d never been inside. My grandpa did the gold leaf on the steeple cross, so I’ve got a bit of an attachment. It’s in a neighborhood that was once working-class and is now pretty bad. It’s a beautiful old, early 20th century church in the middle of a poor neighborhood.
I tried to open the doors. Locked.
I went to the parish office to ask if I could go in, and they wouldn’t let me in!!
Apparently, a few years ago, they had problems with vagrants sleeping inside and the high altar was spray-painted.
I called the diocese office and apparently, all churches are locked during the day except during daily Mass and over the lunch hour.
I’m happy that they’re protecting the churches, but it’s disheartening that I couldn’t slip inside for 15 minutes and say a Rosary in silence.
Now my point:
Are churches in your areas locked during the day? If so, what do you think about it?