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‘Growing in faith together?’

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 1:07 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 1:08 p.m. CST

I was the ADA director in the late 1990s where we sent to the Diocese of Peoria on average at least $10,000 each year. Also, I would have to go to Peoria to see if our parish won money that was given away to those sending money to the Diocese. St. Thomas More never won any money.

When I was the ADA director, I counted (198) churches that participated in this program. While rich in many different types of people and ethnicity, we remain one holy Catholic Church that is steeped in tradition.

However, much of the churches in the area have not too many reasons to celebrate.  People may not like what I have to say and even the powers to be, but I feel like I have to say what you will read below. I believe the Bishop of Peoria through the phony argument of “growing in faith together” has been destroying churches that have been steeped in traditions that were given to those who built and maintained  those churches that have been around for hundreds of years.

In  just a few short years, Bishop Jenky has been deliberately destroying churches, cultures, and most of all, the parishioners’ faith, who for years made these churches their place of worship, without even giving the people input into as to why they should keep their  church open.

They closed four churches in Streator, leaving one open. They closed three churches in Spring Valley and left one open. They were to close four churches in Western Bureau County — Sheffield, Annawan, Geneseo and Atkinson and were to leave one open.  They tore down the church at Mt. Palatine east of McNabb. St. Benedict’s in Ladd has been torn down. St. Gertrude’s in Seatonville is closed. I also recently found in the newspaper they are selling the land that belonged to St. Xavier in the village of Bureau. Evidently St. Xavier has been torn down too.

They have really closed about 16 churches in and around our area and left only three churches open to service those churches. I would like the Bishop of Peoria to close all but one church in Peoria and have all the people go to the cathedral. I wonder how well the people in Peoria would like that decision.

If you divide 198 churches by 16, you get little over 12 churches left in the Diocese times 3, and you get about 36 churches left in the Diocese.

I would think the editors of newspapers would query the Bishop about the loss of a lot of churches in the Diocese. Stop these fantastic losses, Bishop, when all you have to do is make some priests work a litter harder. Let the priests do what is sacred and leave the laity to run the operation of the church.

When you read the Message of Akita and hear what Sister Agnes Sasagawa says in the chastisement and read Padre Pio and Father Malachi Martin, it is time to look around and see what is happening to the Catholic churches by those who are in charge of their well being. Wake up America, and start reading the tea leaves.

Carlo Olivero

Dalzell

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