What if the Church lost all it's property, all of it's finances?
Milwaukee Archdiocese says it is going broke...What if diocesan workers had no health insurance? What if parishes had no community rooms? What if there were no paid Religious Ed people? No paid custodians or grounds keepers? What if there were no paid office workers? What if there was no heat in churches? What if they couldn't even afford wi-fi? What if? What if the Church went broke? What if Mass had to be celebrated in the biggest house of the richest parishioner, or in the community room of a condominium complex? What if parish outreach meant actual evangelization rather than planning committees and fundraiser dinner-theatrics and walk-a-thons?
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is hemorrhaging money on legal and professional fees as a result of its bankruptcy and will be unable to pay its monthly operating expenses beginning in April unless the judge suspends those payments, it says in court documents filed Thursday.
The archdiocese filed a motion asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley to allow it to suspend all payments to attorneys and consultants, except $125,000 for work on its plan of reorganization. And it would continue to pay its own attorneys to challenge sex-abuse claims with proceeds from its insurance carriers.
"Without it, we will be unable to continue operating. We've used all the money we had from savings, reserves, investment earnings and money budgeted for litigation," archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said. - Source
If the Church really went broke, would it really be so bad? "They" can take away facilities, but they can't take away charity and love. We can still do what Christ called us to do. Being broke never stopped Catholics before.
Not only that, but what if it is God's will?