I read the recent article about saving St. Anthony Catholic Church (May 27, “Save St. Anthony’s Church”). I was married in that church in August, 1997. My family and I would attend the Christmas Mass on an annual basis as well as other masses during the year.
At it’s high point, it was the Mother Parish for thousands of Polish parishioners in that community. It was beautiful church when it was fresh and new, but after years of neglect and loss of parishioners due to age and moving out of the community, the building went down hill. The school that was the learning source for the community was torn down many years ago due to age and neglect for public safety, and justifiably so.
Now it is the church’s turn, once again a public safety issue. One can only imagine how the neighbors would react if there was a catastrophic issue with the building.
Many other parishes have been closed over the years. This is not the first and it will not be the last. St. Agnes in West Toledo was closed about the same time, and in that case the Bishop said it was closing and we needed to move on. And so we did.
The cost of maintaining any building that is 127 years old and not use is not feasible. The diocese has made the proper choice.
It has been said perhaps ten trillion times throughout the thousands of years: the church is a building that represents God’s place, but God is everywhere.
LARRY W. TURNER
Boy Scouts lack common sense
I do not understand how the Boy Scouts would allow girls to be included. This is going to open a whole new can of worms as far as putting these young kids together. These organizations should not allow the boys and girls to mingle with each other. Adults can not police their actions 24/7. It’s totally wrong.
Where is the common sense here?
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