WAYLAND, Mass. — Church closings have fueled a sense of loss and anger at the fallout from clergy-abuse settlements, and even appeals to the Vatican.
But some experts say the faithful must rethink their views about parish life — starting with the axiom that “small is beautiful.”
Father James Laughlin, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, in Wayland, Mass., has experienced the benefits of a larger congregation first hand.
Once he shuttled between two small parishes, with double budgets, staffs and Mass schedules. But in January, the two parishes merged, the final step of a two-year process that involved multiple committees and consultants — but avoided any protracted standoff or appeals to...READ MORE