Thursday, February 25, 2010

The de-Catholicization of Buffalo

"We’ve sold to Muslims; we’ve sold to Buddhists," said diocese spokesman Kevin Keenan — Buffalo finds success in new life for old churches. The most famous story if of the "century-old St. Gerard Catholic Church [which] is about to be disassembled stone by stone, pew by pew and moved 900 miles to suburban Atlanta, where it will be reconstructed as Mary Our Queen Catholic Church."

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Anonymous ben said...

The high altar from Queen of Peace at 1955 Genesee Street in Buffalo will be coming to the parish Love the Girls and I attend in Littleton, CO. It is currently in storage, or pastor has planned a renovation and expansion around this altar which was acquired last spring.

5:26 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Congrats! I hope someday to kneel before that altar!

One of our local Polish-American politicians accused the diocese of "ethnic cleansing" by shutting down the old parishes.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

A few years ago I heard a Polish-American Jesuit say the "ethnic cleansing" against the Poles took place through 1950s and 60s urban renewal projects and highways that demolished Polish neighborhoods. He was relying in part on E. Michael Jones' The Slaughter of Cities but also personal experience.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Walt C said...

Kevin, I've read similar things in the past about African American neighborhoods as well.

3:52 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

And as long Kevin Jones is here, include him too. But maybe not me. I don't mind crummy architecture as long as it's not the final intended design. The new restorations may be more than I can bear.

1:54 PM  

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