Sunday, January 11, 2009

Catholics brace

for round of closings

The unprecedented restructuring in Albany is one domino in a cascade of consolidations that have shuttered Catholic churches across the Northeast.

Hubbard told the Times Union he plans to close or merge roughly 20 percent of the diocese's 190 worship sites, which amounts to 38 buildings. That is comparable to the dioceses of Rochester (where 16 percent of parishes closed or merged), Buffalo (28 percent), Syracuse (20 percent) and Boston (18 percent), according to figures provided last year by the Albany Diocese.
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