Is The Catholic Church Dying? Bishop Hopes Plan Will Bring Diocese Alive

By | September 2, 2019


IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DYING IN THE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH? ENROLLMENT IS DOWN BY NEARLY 1/2 AND SEVERAL CHURCHES ARE MASSIVE CHANGES WILL SAVE THE FAITH IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. IS THE RIGHT? ANDY SHEEHAN TAKES AN IN-DEPTH LOOK TONIGHT AT 6:00. Reporter: IF YOU THINK A SOLECISM IS DYING, THE SATURDAY NIGHT FESTIVAL AT SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT IN BALDWIN MIGHT MAKE YOU THINK TWICE. IT’S A RAUCOUS, HANDWAVING AFFAIR THAT DOESN’T LOOK CATHOLIC AT ALL. [ MUFFLED AUDIO ] WELCOME TO THE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] Reporter: IT’S A GATHERING THAT HAS RISEN FROM THE ASHES. SAINT ALBERT’S IS PART OF A NEW REGIONAL PARISH CALLED CHURCH OF THE APOSTLES. THIS IS THE WAY FOR EVERYONE TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BY COMBINING 4 CHURCHES. WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH ALL OF THIS IS TO LIGHTS THE FIRE. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN DO THAT IS BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER IN A MUCH CLOSER RELATIONSHIP. Reporter: UNDER BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK THE ENTIRE DIOCESE WILL UNDERGO A SIMILAR REORGANIZATION OF PARISHES. CALL IT A RADICAL SURGICAL PROCEDURE. THERE WILL BE BLOODLETTING, CHURCHES WILL CLOSE AND SCHOOLS WILL BE SHUTTERED. THE BISHOP SAYS IN THE END IT WILL SAVE THE PATIENT. IT’S GOING TO BE LIFE- GIVING. IT’S ARE GOING TO BE EASY BUT IT’S GOING TO BE LIFE-GIVING. Reporter: MORE THAN 600,000 PEOPLE IN THE DIOCESE IDENTIFY AS CATHOLIC BUT THE VAST MAJORITY NO LONGER PRACTICE THEIR FAITH. SINCE 2000 MASS ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN DOWN BY MORE THAN 40 PERCENT — 40% AS OUR BAPTISMS, CONFIRMATION AND COMMUNION AND HOLY MATRIMONY. NOWHERE IS THE DECLINE MORE APPARENT THAN IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WHERE MERGERS ARE ENFORCED AT A RAPID PACE. THIS PAST SPRING, SAINT TERESA CLOSED ITS DOORS AND JOINED WITH ITS FORMAL RIVAL, SAINT SEBASTIAN CREATING A NEW SCHOOL CALLED HOLY CROSS ACADEMY. WE WANT TO TAKE THE TITANS AND THE NIGHTS AND BUILD ON THEM — KNIGHT AND BUILD ON THEM TO MAKE THE HOLY CROSS HAWKS. YOU ARE THE HAWKS NOW. YES WE ARE. Reporter: SO FAR IT SEEMS TO BE PAYING OFF. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE HOW WELL WE ARE DRIVING AND THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO A SCHOOL WHERE THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT GOD AND LEARN HOW CATHOLICS LIVE. ♪ Reporter: HOLY CROSS NOW HAS MORE STUDENTS AND RESOURCES THAN EITHER OF THE FORMER SCHOOLS. THE FORMER SAINT TERESA STUDENTS SAY THEY NOW HAVE MORE FRIENDS. NOW OLD RIVALS ARE BUDDIES. YES. WE ARE FRIENDS. Reporter: THE PRINCIPAL SAYS THIS WILL BE THE MODEL GOING FORWARD. WE WILL HAVE FEWER SCHOOLS BUT WE ARE STRONGER. WE ARE POOLING OUR RESOURCES AND COLLABORATING AMONGST THE SCHOOLS TO SHARE IDEAS. Reporter: IN A SIMILAR VEIN, A NEW — THE NEW CONSOLIDATED PARISHES WILL HAVE MORE RESOURCES FOR MUSICAL DIRECTORS AND USE MINISTERS. ALSO CHAPLAINS TO VISIT HOSPITALS IN SHUT-INS. THE BISHOP WANTS TO ENGAGE IN SOCIAL OUTREACH TO MAKE STRONG CONNECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY AND EVENTUALLY, HE SAYS THOSE LAPSED CATHOLICS WILL COME BACK. WHEN CHANGE HAPPENS, PEOPLE GET TICKED BUT I BELIEVE WHEN PEOPLE START TO SEE THE LIFE THAT IS HAPPENING, MAYBE I DID WAS A PRECIPITOUS DECISION AND I CAN REALLY COME BACK. Reporter: THEY WILL RETURN TO FILL AN EMPTY VOID IN THEIR LIVES IN AN AGE WHEN OUR KIDS ONLY COMMUNICATE BY TEXT AND WHAT PASSES FOR DIALOGUE, ATTACKING EACH OTHER ON FACEBOOK. THE BISHOP SAYS WE NEED TO REESTABLISH PERSONAL CONNECTIONS WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH GOD. I BELIEVE IT. I AM PUTTING MY LIFE ON THE LINE FOR IT. I BELIEVE IT’S GOING TO WORK Reporter: WHAT WILL DYE IN THE COMING YEARS IS THE LOCAL PARISH CHURCH AND THE LOCAL PARISH SCHOOL. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PARISHIONERS AND NOT ENOUGH STUDENTS TO KEEP THEM OPEN. THEY WILL BE REPLACED BY REGIONAL SCHOOLS AND REGIONAL PARISHES, SUPER PARISHES, IF YOU WILL. THE HOPE IS THESE PLACES WILL BECOME NEW, VIBRANT, EXCITING PLACES AND THEY WILL BRING PEOPLE BACK. THIS PLAN, IT DOESN’T HAPPEN RIGHT AWAY, DOES IT? IT IS HAPPENING NOW BECAUSE SOME CHURCHES AND SOME SCHOOLS ARE GOING UNDER. THIS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON A SUPER PARISH BASIS GOING FORWARD

4 thoughts on “Is The Catholic Church Dying? Bishop Hopes Plan Will Bring Diocese Alive

  1. Captain Ivan Danko Post author

    Gay priests, and leftist agenda pushing Bishops are what's killing the Catholic church. These corrupt elements must be purged. No amount of Protestantizing will save it. God help us.

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  2. Frisky Post author

    It is my belief that we have lost the spirit of praying{talking to God} And lost the meaning of the Mass. Worshiping God in the Holy Eucharist Especially at the Consecration. The reverence is gone. The respect for the Mass is gone.. People stopped paying attention. I think most people go just to do their duty. I remember long ago. It was disrespectful to be noisy and or talk in church. We were told it is Gods house so do not be disruptive. people come second.  We come here to pray and visit with Jesus. We talk to friends outside.   To me the Catholic church has become more protestant. It is good to be different. The Old Latin Mass was not easily copied by other denominations. It was more spiritual.

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  3. Yama Nowrouz Post author

    It's Vatican 2, false ecumenism, trying to appeal to modernists and liberals, and many other heresies. People don't need to go to church if it repeats the brainwashing they get at school. Similar to how you don't need to go to Syria when you can just visit Germany instead. The West is crumbling because of weakness and modernity, from selling out its principles for material gains and for the false god called Tolerance.

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  4. tvee Post author

    I hope it is dying. I hope it continues to shrink and crumble and die all over the world. Christianity and Islam are the most vile religions around. Islam being a little more vile than Christianity.

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