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Archdiocese should not reduce its presence among the poor

Posted on AllSides April 21st, 2024
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When I heard of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s proposal to close many Catholic churches in the city (“Proposal would radically reshape Catholic Baltimore, cut parishes by 66%,” April 14), I thought of Victor Hugo in 1831 writing “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” with a disabled bell-ringer to save Notre-Dame Cathedral. He wrote of the cathedral as a sanctuary. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has proposed a plan to close several of these sanctuaries in Baltimore, including mine, where I have sat beside St. Anthony’s alter for years with my children who received...

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