NEW YORK (PIX11)-- Cardinal Timothy Dolan warns that up to 50 churches, 14 percent of the Archdiocese of New York's parishes could be affected.
The Archdiocese of New York are telling pastors or administrators of these churches set to close.
Then the bad news will be given to parishioners at each church as early as this week.
This restructuring plan is just coming to light, but it's been in the works for the last five years.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote late in his column on CatholicNY.org warned this latest round of closures will be specifically painful.
The hardest hit area--the Lower Hudson Valley.
Many churches there will most likely merge or close.
Dolan says he would rather see parishes that are thriving expanded and admits that modern financial realities are forcing these closures and mergers.
"We simply have too many parishes, in areas that used to have huge Catholic numbers, where most of the people have since moved away," Dolan said. " On Manhattan alone, for instance, we have 88 parishes, some only blocks apart."
"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," Dolan said. "What we're talking about is realism. Families do it, our schools have done it, corporations do it-- now our parishes must do it.."