Catholic dioceses are contracting, creating unique opportunities for the right buyers

DECLINING ATTENDANCE: Monsignor Raymond Bastia, vicar of finance for the Diocese of Providence, said scandals involving priests who have been convicted of molestation have been a contributing factor to declining attendance at parishes, but other factors, such as a shortage of parish priests and a shift in American culture away from organized religions, also weigh heavily in the situation the Catholic Church is facing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
DECLINING ATTENDANCE: Monsignor Raymond Bastia, vicar of finance for the Diocese of Providence, said scandals involving priests who have been convicted of molestation have been a contributing factor to declining attendance at parishes, but other factors, such as a shortage of parish priests and a shift in American culture away from organized religions, also weigh heavily in the situation the Catholic Church is facing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence, was the boyhood church of Monsignor Raymond Bastia, now the vicar for…

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