Regarding Our Lady of Visitation Church: Thank you for your comprehensive article on the battle of parishioners of this little Church to save their legacy against the truly disgraceful actions of the …
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Regarding Our Lady of Visitation Church: Thank you for your comprehensive article on the battle of parishioners of this little Church to save their legacy against the truly disgraceful actions of the Archbishop.
You would think the Archdiocese would celebrate a community that is so ardently connected with their Church, has been totally self-sufficient for 70 years, and are well-known and revered in the Latino community.
Not everyone likes a mega church, especially if the faith community your families have built for decades is set to be "absorbed" by one.
The rationale given by Archbishop Aquila is plainly dishonest: a shortage of priests. OLV has retired priests lined up for the one mass a week they need, but the Archbishop has forbidden them to do so.
Why such heavy handed dishonesty? Could it be that the parishioners have saved nearly $250,000, and have land and buildings that the Archbishop had appraised at well over a million dollars more that will be "folded in" to the larger church and the Archdiocese? The Archbishop has forgotten that he is supposed to be a servant to the people and is acting like their master, treating them like no more than dry leaves to be brushed off his lawn - a $6.5 million palace placing him on CNN's list of top 10 high living bishops.
Why not just leave them alone to worship as they please, without the heavy hand of a high-hat bureaucrat lording over them?
If the Archbishop is too high up and far away to show these faithful working class families the courtesy that I show to strangers, maybe he should acquaint himself with the words of the founder of the faith:"That which you do to the least of my brothers is that which you do to me."
Mike Wilzoch, Lakewood
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