Vacant Catholic Church Will Become Mosque on Buffalo’s East Side

Vacant Catholic Church Will Become Mosque on Buffalo’s East Side


[To quote Lenin (with two slight changes): “The Catholics will sell us the rope with which we Muslims hang them”]

By LaMonica Peters
Friday, February 3, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The former St. Gerard Roman Catholic Church, a vacant Catholic church on Buffalo’s east side, is answering a second calling. The Diocese sold the building for for $120,000 and it will be converted into a mosque.

Former pastor Father Butch Mazur says even with the current political and social climate around the country, the community should embrace the new place of worship.

“People should not be uncomfortable with having a mosque in this community. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has a long-standing, healthy, great relationship with the Muslim community for almost 40 years,” Mazur said.

Some of the church’s interior items have already been sold and church officials expect the sale to be completed sometime in the near future.

“There is an agreement to purchase this. Three men are buying the church and plan to use it as a house of worship and the sale should go through very soon. No closing date has been set but there is an agreement,” said George Richert, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s director in the office of communications.

Nearby residents say St. Gerard’s was a part of the community’s foundation for decades and played a big role in lives of families that attended.

“I’d say about four generations of my family, we’ve come to this place. My grandfather, my parents, their parents, my grandmother, aunts, uncles. All came to this church,” said Michael Czora. “We had our eulogies and stuff here.”

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5 comments on “Vacant Catholic Church Will Become Mosque on Buffalo’s East Side

  1. If I had known it was that cheap ($120,000?), I’d donate it to the SSPX. Or live in it. Or raze it. Anything but hand it over to the Mohammedans.

    • As a former resident of that area, I can flatly state that this is one of numerous similar intact or piecemeal sales of churches and furnishings to moose-limbs, local bars, jewish antique dealers and other antithetical organizations, a practice that stretches back for decades in the diocese.

      I am deeply disappointed by the news since Bp Malone has otherwise, as far as I am informed, been reasonably tolerant of the small number of traditional Catholics (mostly indult) and has not harassed them as his predecessor did. Not that St Gerard’s had any connection with the Latin Mass but it was a landmark church.

      • As another former resident of Buffalo, I really wish they’d sold it to the SSPX. I got to grow up with our “church” being a building that was used for mass, the school cafeteria, fundraisers, the gymnasium, etc. while the little old church with the pews and such was used for special occasions.
        Having recently read “The Mosque of Notre Dame” I’d suggest they all go back to school and learn real history. The world did not start all of a half century ago. If they dug back farther, they’d find we’re perpetually at war with Islam.
        The aforementioned book agrees with St. Elmo.

  2. is that right…$120,000?! I agree with elmo.

  3. Hic est domus Dei et porta caeli
    Venite adoremus.

    That’s beautiful. What a shame. Another 20 pieces of silver.

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