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New York Archdiocese considers parish closures due to fewer priests, fewer congregants

The New York Archdiocese is mulling a plan to close parishes due to fewer priests and fewer people in the pews.

YONKERS - The New York Archdiocese is mulling a plan to close parishes due to fewer priests and fewer people in the pews.

Church officials say changing demographics have made it harder to support parishes in some areas.

The New York Catholic Archdiocese says it can no longer justify financial support to parishes with declining attendance. There are currently 368 parishes in the archdiocese.

The Catholic Church in New York began discussions earlier this year with the parishes to determine which remain viable. The last time the church considered this issue was in 2007 when 21 parishes were closed.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan will receive a report on the parishes from Rev. John O'Hara and a consultant next summer.

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