Liberalism is good until you run out of other people’s money.
Bishop Jenky: You are too liberal with other churches’ money. You are making some people very comfortable by adding on to the Newman Center in Champaign and the pastoral center in Peoria at a cost of many, many dollars — and others very uncomfortable, like Dalzell, Creve Coeur and other small towns, where churches are being supposedly merged, but we know merged churches will be closed and eventually sold.
Monsignor Deptula was quoted as saying when St. Benedict’s in Ladd was torn down that it was torn down because it was deconsecrated. How does one deconsecrate a consecrated holy church, and who made that decision? How do you make holy unholy?
A couple months ago, I was called by parishioners in Sheffield to save St. Patrick’s Church because they liked what I had written about closing churches in the area.
However, my wife and I were physically escorted out of St. Patrick’s Hall by the priest in charge. I wonder how he knew me, even before I spoke, by men who followed the priests’ suggestion that I was never to speak on behalf of the merging of St. Patrick’s Church. My wife and I were physically escorted all the way to our car. When this was happening, the people in that hall never said a word.
We were also told by Father Fixsen that if we were able to earn money enough to keep the church from closing, we would not be closed. With our money-making projects such as a spaghetti dinner, Italian fest, wine tasting and tortellini making, we have since November (in about four months) sent about $20,000 to Father Fixsen at Holy Trinity Church in Cherry.
Bishop Jenky: You have closed or torn down 16 churches in our area and are leaving three churches open to service the parishioners — four churches in Streator, three churches in Spring Valley, four churches I was to speak at in Sheffield, plus St. Gertrude’s in Seatonville, St. Benedict’s in Ladd (torn down), the church in Mount Palatine (torn down), St. Francis Xavier in Bureau that is now being sold for $2,000 and St. Thomas More in Dalzell.
You are now closing churches in small towns and also leaving only one church to service the people in larger cities. Why don’t you do this in Peoria too, by having all Peorians to go to one church, the Cathedral? The people in Peoria would be up in arms and ask you to resign.
I recently read where you changed your mind about St. Patrick’s in Sheffield and kept it open with a resident priest. Why not keep St. Thomas More open because we have met Father Fixsen answers to keep our church open by what we have done. Keep St. Thomas More open by sending Father James King as our resident priest. He would enjoy our parish, and we would welcome him too.