DETROIT (WWJ) – Fewer priests and parishioners in metro Detroit churches are leading to church closings and mergers.

More details will be announced later Monday by the Archdiocese of Detroit during a 4 p.m. news conference.

However, some details have emerged ahead of the official announcement.

In Livonia – St. Maurice’s Parish is merging with St. Genevieve.  And, in Madison Heights – parishioners at St. Vincent Ferrer say their church will merge with three others.

One of the reasons cited for the restructuring plan is the shortage is the shortage of priests in the Catholic church.

Tim Vonniter attends St. Donald’s in Roseville which is set to close.

WWJ asked Vonniter if allowing priests to marry would make a difference?

“I don’t know about changing the rules…I think they could use a few less priests in the Vatican. How many thousands they got there?  I know that there are seminaries in other parts of the world are jam packed…why, why aren’t we bringing ’em here?” asked Vonitter.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and for continuing coverage and complete details as they become available.




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