Supporters of St. James the Great Church in Wellesley won’t be happy with Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s decision announced today to sell off the Rte. 9 church and 5 other churches from the Archdiocese of Boston. But there’s no arguing about the Catholic church’s way with words. The churches are being relegated to “profane but not sordid use.”
According to the statement: “Once a Church is relegated to profane use, it will no longer be used for Catholic liturgical worship, any remaining sacred items are removed, and the building can be sold for use in an appropriate and dignified manner. The funds derived from a sale of these Churches will be used for direct support of parishes of the Archdiocese.”
An appeal can still be made to the Vatican, which has already heard from parishioners, who have been in vigil since 2004.
Wellesley town officials have already been examining possible uses for the property, including possibly playing fields and a pool.
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