“Heck no, we won’t close!”

“Heck no, we won’t close!”

Reading these stories about people protesting against their parishes closing, I become more and more convinced that a whole lot of Catholics have no idea what a vibrant parish looks like, and they have no idea what it is that a vibrant parish does. For one thing, it’s not primarily a social service agency. Neither is it a model UN. Nor is it a community center. It is a building set aside for the worship of God, and for most of these parishes, there is another one just like it less than a mile away.

When the first impulse of people is to march and hold signs and protest, I’m inclined not to be sympathetic to them.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli