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18 NY parishes may be sold or leased

August 09, 2017

Eighteen closed New York parishes may soon be sold or leased, potentially bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of income to the Archdiocese of New York.

In separate June 30 decrees, Cardinal Timothy Dolan relegated the churches to “profane but not sordid use.”

“Will some of them be sold? I imagine so,” an archdiocese spokesman told The New York Times. “Will some of them be leased? I imagine so. Will some of them be used by the parish and converted to another use? I imagine so.”


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Aug. 10, 2017 6:07 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Happy Dolan - no concern for the misplaced people in the pews. Several hundred in my parish are among them. The Arch says we must merge with the nearest parish, taking no time to grasp the differences in neighborhoods, and in how people live. The people in our parish will never go to the next parish over. Some will driver further afield, some (more) will just drop out. But look, the Arch will get a lot of money...

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Aug. 09, 2017 9:10 PM ET USA

    What a sad state of affairs! The diocese has been going down hill for many years. Perhaps the support and teaching of the faith is a reason. Even with Dolan.