Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Kansas City's Ecclesiastical Ruins.

The air cleared this afternoon a little bit, and the leaves aren't on the trees yet. So one can see a fair bit out my office window. I pulled my binoculars out of my drawer today, and looked out. And I counted. St. Vincent's. Blessed Sacrament. Holy Name. Annunciation. St. Michael. Holy Trinity. St. John the Baptist. St. Stanislas. Those are just the seven parish churches I can see that have been shuttered by the Diocese in the last few years. But for topography, and for demolition by-the-bye, I'd be able to see at least seven more.

No doubt, there are people working in Boston and New York and St. Louis office buildings who can see more recent ruins outside their windows.

But their more recent experience doesn't do much to lessen the shame of ours.


Patrick Kinsale said...

Now that you mention it, the St. Louis Review (archdiocesan paper) ran this story on Friday:

"Old parish properties have new owners, uses"


Sad, sad, sad.

skinheadzmustdie said...
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Anonymous said...

Are you back Crummy! Did the Wolftracker nomination for best Catholic Blog get to you in an "I'm better than that clown" sort of way. Good to see some posts.

Anonymous said...

So, what kind of work does one usually have to be in to have a pair of binoculars handy in the desk drawer?


I kind of doubt that 'watchin' the birdies' is in the Curmudgeon's laundry list of office duties.

Get back to work, Cratchit!

Curmudgeon said...

Ha, scrooge. A guy can take a minute or two to look out the window now and then, can't he? If not, they'd wouldn't have spend all that money on plate glass, now would they?

And of course I'm better than that Clown. I knew I wouldn't win anything even if I hadn't been on haitus. Those awards are rigged by the Neos.

Curmudgeon said...

Skinheadz, are you for real, or are you just somebody working for the Southern Poverty Law Center, trying to create a story to tell in your next fundraising letter?

Anonymous said...

Skinheadz is real. It is the name of a Skinhead website. It can be viewed at
It is, actually, quite opposed to the Southern Poverty Law Center and won a lawsuit which the SPLC filed against them.