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January 26, 2010; The Daily Journal | ?This is a more and more common story . . . very shortly after parishioners of the St. Vincent Pallotti Parish in New Jersey raised the money to make significant capital improvements to their church and made those improvements, the local Diocese elected to merge the parish with another, essentially closing the first. Three hundred parishioners are suing the Diocese. This is, of course, one of many such stories where apparently the fate of a parish is wrested unceremoniously out of the hands of parishioners and parishioners resist. Will the benefits of this strategy outweigh the costs?—Ruth McCambridge