St. ADALBERT VATICAN EXPERT TO ADDRESS VIOLATIONS OF CANON LAW IN ARCHDIOCESE’S PROPOSED SALE OF CHURCH TO SECULAR ENTITY
February 21, 2017, Chicago, Illinois—-Peter Borre, noted expert in Vatican procedure for overturning decrees shuttering parishes, will highlight canonical violations in the course of action taken by the Chicago Archdiocese concerning St. Adalbert Church when he speaks on the steps of St. Adalbert ,1650 W. 17th Street, at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The Archdiocese today admitted its planned sale of St. Adalbert Church to an unproven secular entity, Chicago Academy of Music, has not been completed. Yet, by scheduling a concert by this would-be purchaser next week, the Archdiocese is allowing an activity in the church that is forbidden by the Catholic Church’s own laws.
Mr. Borre points out that St. Adalbert is a fully consecrated Catholic Church: it is a sacred site, not a mere building. He questions why the Archdiocese has not revealed its plans for preserving Catholic liturgy after the proposed sale, and how the Archdiocese could even contemplate selling a consecrated church to a non-Catholic entity. Under canon law, there is no mechanism to guarantee proper liturgical use of a church that is sold to a secular buyer.
Mr. Borre will demand that the Chicago Archdiocese disclose the provisions for ensuring the proper liturgical use of St. Adalbert Church following its proposed sale.
He also puts the Archdiocese on notice that established canonical norms must be followed and no sale can occur while the St. Adalbert parishioners’ appeal continues in Rome.
Proper due consideration to the Catholic faithful and the community of Pilsen as a whole has not been forthcoming. The proposal that the former parishioners have put forth in partnership with a long standing community organization that is The Resurrection Project has not been given any long or even cursory look. If not the measure of professionalism , trust and proven track record of completed viable projects would stand up to any scrutiny. The community of faithful of St. Adalbert just want to have a proper dialogue so that St. Adalbert as a fully Catholic church will serve its proper function to be a beacon of hope and inspiration to this community in the proper manner and wherein the whole community would benefit.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Blanca Torres, Spokesperson, St. Adalbert Preservation Society