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Vatican overturns Canadian archbishop’s decision to close parish

February 29, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: The Dicastery for the Clergy has overturned a decision by Archbishop Peter Hundt of St. John’s, Newfoundland, to suppress a parish and relegate the church building to profane use.

Holy Rosary Parish, in Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Newfoundland, was one of 18 parishes put up for sale after the archdiocese declared bankruptcy.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 29, 2024 9:41 PM ET USA

    Fifty people attended the last Mass at the parish, and only 85 attended regularly before Covid? Eighteen parishes for sale? As reported in this forum, a massive number of parish closings has become the norm for the US and Canadian Churches. Clearly Churches in retreat. Whatever the bishops have been doing to the Novus Ordo parishes for the last five decades has not been working. One would think the bishops would have figured that out by now and asked the growing parishes for mentoring assistance