Speaking of the Globe, they editorialize today on the parish closings. Typically, not one word is given to any spiritual realities involved in the closures. Also typically, the problem in their view is with the hierarchical structure of the Church. The editorial says, “It is disingenuous for O’Malley to claim that the closures and anticipated property sales are unrelated to that crisis.” No one will deny that attendance and giving dropped since the breaking of the Scandal, but the roots of the decline go all the way back to the 1960s. Even in 2001, parishes that were packed full on Sundays in 1980 were one-third empty.