Quote from DoGoodThenGo
Maybe, but I disagree on balance.
The Catholic Church simply no longer has the infrastructure of "cheap labour" in the from of the dedicated servants (sisters, brothers, etc...) to run large educational and healthcare systems.
For the Boston area, the loss of all those large Irish Catholic ( and Italian) familes amoung others has reverberated down to affect everything from attendence at Mass to parish schools, RC hospitals and so forth. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/us...s/29irish.html
While the Church's mission towards the poor and such has not wavered, paying for such things, especially running a hospital is another matter. Caritas if facing the same problems that did in Saint Vincent's of Manhattan. Too many persons unwilling or unable to pay, low return rates on costs means something has to give.
i remember when st. margaret's closed its doors...
it was sad, but necessary.
i'm surprised carney has stayed open as long as it has.
but st e's???
i can't see that happening at all!!
carney i'm ok with...but st. e's needs to stay open.