Population loss, aging priests could lead to Metro-East diocese closings - KMOV.com

Population loss, aging priests could lead to Metro-East diocese closings

(KMOV) – The Catholic Diocese of Belleville could close up to 20 parishes.

The diocese blames population loss in some areas, and aging priests in other areas.

The diocese covers 28 southern Illinois counties.

Parishes will have to evaluate their viability. Decisions will be made sometime after February of 2013.

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