Updated Oct 30, 2014
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Parishioners are going to have to find new places to worship with the word of dozens of Catholic churches closing.
The New York Archdiocese on said it will soon announce which parishes in the Lower Hudson Valley will merge or close.
A decision is expected next week as part of a restructuring plan, officials told CBS2.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan told the Catholic New York Newspaper Wednesday night that 14 percent, or as many as 50 churches, could be impacted.
Dolan said this really comes down to the numbers, CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported. Right now, New York State has 368 parishes.
With this consolidation, the church expects about 50 churches in New York could be impacted.
“For one, at 368, we simply have too many parishes, in areas that used to have huge Catholic numbers, where most of the people have since moved away. On Manhattan alone, for instance, we have 88 parishes, some only blocks apart,” he wrote. “Do the math: we have about 25 percent of our parishes in an area where less than 12 percent of the 2.8 million Catholics of the archdiocese reside.”