20 Moncton parishes facing closure
Buckling under the weight of declining church attendance and sex-abuse settlements, 20 of the 53 parishes in the Archdiocese of Moncton face closure or possible closure this year, according to Archbishop Valery Vienneau.
One parish has already been designated for closure and 19 others have been given one year to show they can maintain enough active parishioners to assure the “vitality” required to sustain a financially viable parish. The archdiocese has paid out $10.6 million to victims of sexual abuse. Those payments have added to financial pressures caused by fewer churchgoers, shrinking offertory collections and fewer volunteers to run parish programs.In