CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and this is an important time of year for many Christians across the country and right here in Western Massachusetts. So this week on 22News inFocus we're going to be talking about the status of the Catholic Church here in the Pioneer Valley.
The Church has faced many challenges over the years, the clergy sex abuse scandal, declining membership, a rough economy, and recent church closures that devastated many local parishioners. We'll discuss these issues, and talk about what the Church is doing to try and turn things around.
We invited the bishop to attend and answer our questions, but he declined our invitation. Instead, we'll speak with a Church historian and the Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) program in Western Massachusetts.
Guest contact information:
Robert Kelly - Church researcher, writer
Peter Pollard - Director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest (SNAP), Springfield