Protesters Pray For The Future Of The Philadelphia Catholic Church

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With so much attention on the Catholic Church now following the death of Cardinal Bevilacqua, some folks are hoping to force the church to be more forthcoming.

Folks concerned about the future of the Catholic Church gathered in front of the administrative offices of the archdiocese of Philadelphia for a prayerful vigil. Nancy Mortimer O’Brien is one of the organizers asking the archdiocese for some accountability:

“People are just disenchanted. For years it was ‘Pay, pray and obey’ and they did it.”

And it’s not just the church sex abuse scandal they’re concerned about:

“There are other people who’ve been invited (to this vigil) who want to see the books,” said Sister Maureen Turlish, a former Catholic School teacher.

vigil 2 Protesters Pray For The Future Of The Philadelphia Catholic Church

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio)

“The diocese says, ‘Well we can’t afford this and we don’t have money for that,’ but we don’t know what money the diocese has because they’ve never provided a full accounting!”

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