Associated Press reporting on church closings around the country and budgets run dry..
Allentown Diocese gets a mention:
Council of Parishes co-chairman Peter Borre said the letter is "a last resort" aimed at getting the Vatican to prevent bishops in eight dioceses from "wrecking the Catholic church in America by shutting down viable parishes."
The dioceses with parishioners participating in the request are Allentown, Pa.; Boston; Buffalo, N.Y.; Cleveland; New Orleans; New York City; Scranton, Pa., and Springfield, Mass.
The Council of Parishes was formed in 2004 to oppose parish closings
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