, Salem, MA


January 17, 2013

Letter: A sad time for St. Joseph Church


The people of this generation would rather go to the mall on Sunday than attend Mass ...

The money was the people’s money, given for one reason only: to build a church for all generations to come after them. The mistake was with the word “donation”; in the end, you’re left with nothing ...

This should never have happened. It should never happen again. It sends the wrong message to the people. Taking down a church is a very bad thing to do. They tell me that it’s only a building, now that all of the sacred items are removed. ... If I had told those wonderful sisters years ago that it was only a building, I would have spent many afternoons in detention. Maybe I feel the way I do because of these great sisters and my great parents.

The Catholic Church has to come up with a better plan. ... My recommendation is to invest in your church, not donate. Why you say donation, it means you give it to them. Tell them you have a sum of money to invest in the church. This way, the church belongs to the people, not the Catholic Church.

Donald Purcell


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