I want us as a church to strengthen what we already do well. It’s not that the church has abandoned the city. You know better: our soup kitchens, shelters, counseling services, job placement centers, housing, parishes, schools, adult education programs, youth outreach, child care centers, health clinics and hospitals, services to elders, our volunteers, twinning between parishes, and prison ministries are excellent, respected, and valued. We’re not starting from scratch.
No, but we're starting from a lot farther back. Here's Archbishop Weakland in the "Herald of Hope" November 22, 2001.
We consolidated many churches in the Central City and I have no regrets about having to do so. It was not psychologically and spiritually good to have fewer people worrying about the upkeep of so many buildings constructed for a Catholic neighborhood population that was quadruple the number now living there.