Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gospel according to Richard

Galatians iii. 26-28. For you are all the children of God by faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Romans x. 12. For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him.
Now for Richard Lennon the distinction of the Slav (and for his considerations Hungarians and Lithuanians are included) is made. For we believe that SS. Cyril and Methodius were the Equals of the Apostles and they came to us, for us. Richard has done his damnedest to remove them from the parish directory. There were three parishes specifically named after them, according to his plan, only one church* will still be open with the name, but not the parish.

It is the old duck truism. If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks like a duck--it is a duck. When one disregards the party line, and does a head count, one sees the nationality parishes targeted for extinction. In this round the numerical reductions are as follows:

16→6 Polish
7 →1 Hungarian (Magyar)
7 →1* Slovak
4 →2 Slovene
3 →1 Croat
3 →1 Czech (Bohemian)
2 →1 Lithuanian
3 still listed as German were closed, only 1
German parish is now listed

It is beyond coincidence. It is beyond obvious. Richie-boy does not tolerate the nations of eastern europe. They are interchangeable and dispensable. And he does this contrary to canon law. And the principle of discipline in this is, that, the administration and execution of the law (canon law, law of the church) is not to be more onerous than the law itself:
Can. 518 As a general rule a parish is to be territorial, that is, one which includes all the Christian faithful of a certain territory. When it is expedient, however, personal parishes are to be established determined by reason of the rite, language, or nationality of the Christian faithful of some territory, or even for some other reason.
As an addendum: nine parishes on the east side of Cleveland, which have a high percentage of african-americans as members will be reduced to three, two of the remaining parishes had been merged years before.

9→3 African-American
*SS. Cyril and Methodius, Lakewood will "merge" with St. Rose of Lima. All the other 'reconfigurations' are complete suppressions, where everything kicks back to the diocese.
† St. Stephen, Cleveland is on 'probation'
Postscriptum I: 1 Italian church will be suppressed. It is an oratory (chapel) and no longer a parish, but still a church. This has been done almost in secret. The congregation knows about it, but information was never released to the press. The church is Our Lady of Mount Carmel (East), in Cleveland. There are three, now two, such named churches in the county.
Postscriptum II: Assumption of Mary (Polish) Grafton 1894 - 2006, this was merged with Immaculate Conception in Oct. '06, and Masses were continued to be said at both. The new church opened in the spring of 2010.

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