Three Cleveland parishes slated for closure have received temporary stays to give the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy time to review their appeals. The technical jargon is that the parishes have received letters notifying them that their "administrative recourse appeals" against Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland have been accepted.
The parishes are: St. Patrick's in the West Park neighborhood, St. Peter's in downtown Cleveland, and St. Barbara on Denison Avenue.
Here's a local news report: 3 parishes continue fight after receiving letter from Vatican.
An e-mail alert about this from Sr. Chris Schenk of FutureChurch, which as a program to help parishes that want to fight closures, says:
The FutureChurch e-mail also notes that "Since we believe at least another six parishes wrote appeals, there could soon be others. (stay tuned)"
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