CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) – The Vatican has ruled that three western Massachusetts churches closed by the Springfield Diocese should remain open, including one that parishioners have occupied for two years.
Parishioners learned Tuesday that the Vatican ruled that Bishop Timothy McDonnell had not justified closing down one church in Adams and two in Chicopee, meaning they remain open for worship. It’s not clear yet to what extent they could be used.READ MORE: Bear Causes 3-Car Crash On Mass Pike
The Vatican recently made similar rulings in the Allentown Diocese in Pennsylvania.READ MORE: Massachusetts Is Among Least Kind States In America, Study Finds
The Springfield Diocese may appeal to the Vatican’s high court. A diocesan spokesman says the diocese had not seen the Vatican documents and he could not comment.
Parishioners have occupied the Adams church, St. Stanislaus Kostka, since December 2008.MORE NEWS: State Police Seek Men Who Broke Into Boston High Rise
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