December 7, 2018

Archbishop Thompson issues decree regarding former church building

Criterion staff report

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson has decreed that the former St. Mary Church building in Greensburg be sold. In the terminology of the Church’s Code of Canon Law, this is referred to as “relegation to profane but not sordid use.”

This decision was made after Archbishop Thompson consulted with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council. St. Mary had a new church built and dedicated in August of 2016.

As noted in the decree published below, the decision to sell the St. Mary property was spurred by the fact that the building is in disrepair; the parish has funded and built a new church building on a new campus; the patrimony and sacred furnishings of the former church building have already been removed and used in the new church building; and St. Mary Parish has no use for the former church building.

Text of the Decree

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