"This makes me so sick that they would close Holy Cross church. . . ."
Holy Cross will not be closing. The merger is set to begin on January 1, 2012, 15 months from now.
Father Glen Jensen, pastor of Holy Cross, announced at yesterday's Vigil Mass that the four parishes would become part of a new parish. Church canon law required that legally, St. Anthony of Padua, the oldest Catholic Church in Minneapolis must be the legal head of this new parish which will get a new name.
St. Anthony's is not nearly big enough to hold the parishioners of Holy Cross, let alone St. Hegwig's and St. Clement's, too. All four parishes will stay open for the time being, being known, for example, as the Holy Cross campus of "St. New-name" parish of Minneapolis.
This information was sent to Rose French, the author of yesterday's article, last night and she chose not to use it in today's article.
She could have attended a briefing on the archdiocesan plan yesterday and gotten the correct information. But apparently it was more important for her to break the embargo the archdiocese had placed on news of the mergers prior to its formal announcement.
See this Stella Borealis post for more details on this.