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Vatican rules against New York diocese in parish closure

Catholic World News - May 25, 2011

Following an appeal from parishioners and heeding recent precedent, the Vatican has ruled that the Diocese of Syracuse should not deconsecrate a closed parish church but must instead maintain it as a worship site. Following the 2007 closing of the parish, laity maintained a year-long vigil until they were escorted out by a sheriff’s department officer.

The decision “may mean the people could be given access to the church, but it may not mean it will be assigned a priest,” said Matthew Loveland, a sociology professor at LeMoyne College, in reference to St. Mary’s Church in Jamesville, New York. “It’s still very symbolic, as the church has had a lock on the door.”

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  • Posted by: stpetric - Jun. 02, 2011 9:44 PM ET USA

    I acknowledge that may very well be more going on here that we don't know about. I hope so! But as is, I am not encouraged by this level of intra-diocesan micro-management by Rome. The presumption ought to be that the bishop's decision stands.

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