Vatican rules against New York diocese in parish closure
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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