The Chapel

There’s an evangelical church in Amherst, known simply as “The Chapel”. I’ve been there — it’s more TV studio than cathedral, with stadium style seating and an impressive AV setup. Now they’re expanding into Lockport, and the diocese is not happy about it.

Over the last few years, the Buffalo diocese has shut down dozens of churches as part of the euphemistically named “Journey in Faith and Grace”. As you might expect, this has alienated a tremendous number of people, but the Catholic Church still seems to be calling “dibs” on them.

From the article:

“I know that they’re saying they’re only going after the unchurched, but their definition of unchurched includes a lot of people who are marginal Catholics and marginal Protestants,” said Lorie Duquin, who coordinates an evangelization program for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

I love the word “unchurched”. I would imagine that most of the people who fit that category are lapsed from one thing or another. I don’t see why they’d be off limits.

I showed this article to Sue yesterday, and her response was simple. “It’s like a pizzeria owner complaining that someone else is opening up a pizza shop on your block. So what? Make better pizza than them, or you’re going to lose your customers. Alienate your parishoners, and they’re going to look for another church.”

8 Responses to “The Chapel”

  1. Dan says:

    I wish the rival churches would settle this WCW / WWF style. Gimmicks, caricature exploitation, mismanagement, and drug abuse.

  2. matt says:


    I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re doing. Or was there a practical reason for the relationship between hat size and position in the hierarchy of the Catholic church?

  3. BrianN says:


    how dare you allow apostates to corrupt the faithful on your own soil. If you don’t immediately take up arms against them, your soul will be in great danger.

    Strike down the infidel!

    Oh, wait. Sorry what I meant to say was drink a lot, and hope the faithful feel guilty enough to come back.

  4. matt says:


    I don’t feel like striking anyone down. Can’t I just buy salvation, like in the old days?

  5. BrianN says:

    Well, if you have some money, you can hire someone to do your striking for you.

  6. Pitt says:


    I need some indulgences. Where may I exchange gold for some?

  7. matt says:

    Apparently, indulgences weren’t just for eternal salvation. The “Butter Tower” of Rouen Cathedral was built with money from people who would rather pay than give up dairy for Lent.

    A long and storied tradition of buying your way out of anything. I’m so glad to be Catholic.

  8. Pitt says:

    hey, it beats being Unitarian.

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