The New York Times reported on the largest reorganization of Roman Catholic parishes in New York history after announcements were made in churches from the Catskills to Manhattan's Upper East Side, where Our Lady of Peace is located. The list of parishes that will be merged by August 1, 2015, can be read here.
"Parishioners in some affected parishes have already begun mobilizing, and legal action and additional protests are expected as the decisions take effect.
"At the Church of Our Lady of Peace on East 62nd Street in Manhattan, parishioners had collected more than 3,000 petition signatures, circulated about 300 letters of protest and started a Facebook page and a blog.
"'We think the cardinal got it wrong this time,' Robert J. Corti, the head of a steering committee, said to parishioners on Sunday. He told them that the decision had come as a shock, given that Our Lady of Peace is financially self-sustaining, is on the National Register of Historic Places and has a robust congregation." - New York Times