Bridgport, Conn. diocese begins parish closings; Norwich, Conn. diocese \"clustering\"

From the Connecticut Post:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport's just-unveiled plan to close three longtime churches in the city prompted some parishioners to make their displeasure known to Bishop William Lori Sunday.

By some accounts, the bishop was booed as he addressed more than 100 parishioners at Holy Rosary Parish on East Washington Avenue.

"This is nothing more than a money grab," said Chris Caruso, a parishioner at Holy Rosary and a former state representative. "We have the money and they want to grab it. I've been a Catholic for 52 years and I am praying that the bishop tells us what is really happening and be square with us."

And yesterday, from the Norwich newspaper, The Day:


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich will hold informational meetings tonight and next Monday on "clustering" parishes in the New London deanery.

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