Sacred places (churches) are permitted to serve, promote worship, piety and religion. The dedication of such a place belongs to the diocesan Bishop, basically. Sacred places are desecrated by acts done in them which are gravely injurious and give scandal to the faithful. When a Bishop judges that these acts are so serious and so contrary to the sacred character of the church that worship may not be held there until harm is repaired by means of the penitential rite.
Also, sacred places lose their dedication or blessing, if they have been in great measure destroyed, or if they have been permanently made over to secular usage.
Churches have had some destruction, in some instances, to their structure, but insurance has been able to repair such edifices. Would the Vatican in Rome which may suffer damage, even major damage, be no longer a holy place of worship because of such damage?
In Pennsylvania, holy churches cannot be made secular any more.
Given what I just wrote, I’m asking Bishop Jenky not to have St. Thomas More Church in Dalzell “merged” with Holy Trinity in Cherry. We have worked hard to save St. Thomas More Church from closing. Send us a priest like you did to save St. Patrick’s in Sheffield.
Also, Bishop Jenky made a serious error in tearing down St. Benedict’s Church in Ladd because under no circumstances should St. Benedict’s have been torn down given a Bishop’s criteria for its closing.
I have said for some time that priests should do what is sacred and let the laity handle the running of the church finances, repairs, etc. An example of this was shown on Easter Sunday when Father Pat Fixsen held three Masses on that day. One at 7 a.m. at Holy Trinity in Cherry, another at 8:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More in Dalzell, and 10:30 a.m. the last mass was at St. Patrick’s in Arlington.
A priest can do this every day of the week. This would eliminate priest shortages all over the diocese. It can be done and was done last Sunday.
As I look at the church closings in our area, I wonder if what Sister Agnes Sasagawa’s 5th statement on the Chastisement in Akita Japan states that Cardinals, Bishops and priests are on the road to perdition (Hell), and are taking many parishioners with them, is what is happening in the Diocese of Peoria?
I pray that Bishop Jenky is not on the road to perdition by closing so many churches in the diocese.