School closings proved to be the big story. Catholics continue to cry foul over how that news was delivered. Promises of backlash persist. Many told us they had it up to here and would boycott donations to their parishes.
The I-Team takes a before-and-after look at church offertories. Did Sunday collections suffer, enough to even be noticed?
erupted after Bishop Joseph Martino's televised news conference announced a
list of schools would be no more after June, 2007.
Emotions have cooled a bit, nevertheless, a number of financial threats were made, including the boycott of collections and other church capital campaigns. So about two weeks ago, the I-Team deployed people to collect church bulletins. Parishes routinely print results from collections. We took bulletins from two consecutive weekends to have a look at individual church finances.
Pittston, right next door to soon-to-be extinct Seton Catholic,
Coincidence? I-team sources suggest it's directly related to the Catholic schools snafu.
The I-Team continued its dual-week investigation.At Saint Anthony parish in
Saint Therese parish in Shavertown, donations were on the rise, there was a five
percent gain in reported figures from parish bulletins.
story was much the same at Holy Rosary in
Diocesan Spokesman Bill Genello told us at last month’s news conference, “they're not hurting the diocese per se, but are hurting the individuals and families who rely on these programs.”