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Chicago archdiocese could close 100 churches in massive reconfiguration

December 03, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: The Archdiocese of Chicago will close scores of parish churches in a major consolidation process. The “Renew the Church” initiative could result in the closing of one-third of the 351 parishes in the archdiocese. The program is a response to shortages in both funding and clergy. The archdiocese expects to have about 240 priests available for pastoral duty in 2030—as against over 750 listed in 2015.

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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Dec. 03, 2018 3:57 PM ET USA

    It is said that Cupich is not successful at attracting new vocations. Allegedly only one man, a late vocation, entered seminary for Chicago this September.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 03, 2018 1:04 PM ET USA

    Can't blame the pastor of souls, can you? Sort of reminds me of the previous U.S. Administration's "new reality." A defeatist attitude, lack of a plan for growth, loss of faith, or just plain rotten spiritual guidance?