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Council of Parishes CNY kick off petition drive

Kicks Off Petition Drive To Bishop Cunningham Calling for Moratorium on Parish Reconfigurations

July 2: The newly formed Council of Parishes Central New York mailed a letter (see below) to Bishop Cunningham along with the first batch of petitions calling for a

moratorium on parish reconfigurations. The Council was formed at a meeting following the June 20 Reconfiguration and Parish Closing conference representing parishioners from 30 parishes who attended the June 20 conference.

The petition states:

To Bishop Cunningham: We the undersigned members

of the Syracuse Catholic Diocese respectfully ask that you

call a moratorium on parish reconfigurations so the process to date can, with input from the laity, be evaluated; and based on that evaluation, the diocese and the laity together can create a more grounded plan to meet the needs of the Church of Syracuse. In brief, we have deep

concerns about the following components of the present process:

* One Priest, One Roof policy

* Hurried parish closings

* Absence of laity on the decision-making body

* Diminishing Catholic presence in our urban centers

* Abandonment of rural parishes.

Copies of the petition can be downloaded at www.standrewsactionsyr.weebly.com

June 20th Conference

June 26, 2009

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham

Diocese of Syracuse Chancery Office

240 E. Onondaga St.

Syracuse, NY 13201-0511

Dear Bishop Cunningham,

We welcome you to the Diocese of Syracuse and commit ourselves to work in partnership with you to proclaim the gospel in word and deed.

We are writing to ask you to put a moratorium on parish reconfigurations so the process to date can, with input from the laity, be evaluated. With the diocese and the laity working together, a more grounded plan to meet the needs of the Church in Syracuse can then be formulated.

We acknowledge that some reconfiguration may be necessary to ensure stability in the future. However, we have deep concerns with the following components of the present process:

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