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8/10/2013 8:44:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Growing in faith causing Catholics to lose faith

While the Diocese of Peoria grows more wealthy as the Bishop closes and sells most of the “merged” churches due to his policy of Growing in Faith Together, what I see is many parishioners losing their faith altogether.
When I was the ADA director in the ‘90s we had 198 Catholic churches in the Diocese of Peoria; now there are 158. Also there were 128 families that attended St. Thomas More in Dalzell; now since closing and opening our church there are only 20 families that attend our church.
Once all this merging is finished there will be only one church in each town, and some towns will be without a church like Seatonville and Ladd. The diocese may not have more than 40 of 50 churches in its Diocese, once all this merging is accomplished.
We don’t have to do what they are saying. We should speak out against Growing in Faith Together, and tell the bishop to make the priests in the Diocese work a little harder, by saying a mass in those churches that they are closing, and let the laity handle the administrative and physical operation of the church. If I could get an audience with Pope Francis, I would tell him of the destruction of many churches in our area, because of policies of the Peoria Diocese.
As an illustration, I see nothing wrong with Father Spilman of the Nativity of Our Lord Church (presently St. Anthony’s) handling all the Masses in the other churches in Spring Valley — Sts. Peter and Paul and The Immaculate Conception. Our priest Father Fixsen of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Cherry has to” travel” to Dalzell and Arlington to give us Masses over the weekend. Father Spilman will not have to “travel” to other towns — all the churches are in one town—Spring Valley, and these churches will not have to closed or sold.
Today we have bishops and priests who live comfortably while parishioners struggle for their church’s survival. I think it is hypocritical to fill one’s mouth with pious words, based on scriptural readings and yet not lack of anything, while parishioners feel the stress of merged churches meeting their commitment of a weekend mass that once existed in their own hometown. 
Who can we reach to influence the Bishop to change his mind?  We should (go en masse) to the Diocese and bring along the press and TV cameras to tell our side of the story that is never told.  We must never give up the fight for our churches. Growing in Faith Together is just another way to destroy churches the existed years ago.
Read Sister Agnes Sasagawa’s statement on the chastisement where churches and altars will be destroyed when Satan takes over the churches. Is Satan and the chastisement closing in on us?
Carlo Olivero,

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous19647

Mr. Olivero is so right. These priests have it made. They say one mass and are done for the day. They should have to travel around to the near by towns and say mass. But this is not the only reason people are loosing their faith. A lot has to do with the priests that have molested kids and the Catholic church covering it up. Priests were supposed to be someone that kids could talk to and trust. What about the Catholic belief about the gay community? How many of the priests are gay? You know, you can stay at home and talk to God, he hears everyone. You don't have to be in a church.

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