St. Marys Catholic Church

St. Marys Catholic Church


Appeal Documents

May 26, 2007
This is St. Mary’s canonical appeal to the Congregation of the Clergy.
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May 26, 2007
This is the hyperlinked copy of St. Mary’s canonical appeal to the Congregation of the Clergy. This appeal was also sent to Bishop James Moynihan of the Diocese of Syracuse.
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June 20, 2007
This multi-page document is intended to respond to Rev. Lang’s June 12, 2007 letter to Colleen LaTray and the members of St. Mary’s. The document includes the cover letters to Archbishop Sambi, Cardinal Hummes, and Bishop Moynihan. Also included are (1) a letter from Msgr. Yeazel to an attorney indicating his desire to sell St. Mary's church building as soon as possible and (2) a list of triggers the Diocese uses to justify merging one church with another.
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August 5, 2008
In this document, the Congregation for the Clergy writes to reject St. Mary’s hierarchical recourse against the diocese’s decision to suppress St. Mary’s because the appeal was submitted past the time frame dictated by Canon Law and because of other procedural errors with the documents presented by St. Mary’s.
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August 26, 2008
This letter appeals the Congregation for the Clergy’s August 5, 2008 decree, which rejects St. Mary’s hierarchical recourse against the diocese’s decision to suppress St. Mary’s. The letter states that St. Mary’s believes "there has been a gross miscarriage of justice," pointing out that St. Mary’s did submit the appeal to the Congregation for the Clergy within the canonical time frame. St. Mary’s did not submit a recourse when they became a mission; they submitted the recourse when they learned they would close.
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August 28, 2008
This letter, which contains hyperlinked attachments, explains why St. Mary’s is appealing the Bishop’s decision to suppress St. Mary’s. It states that St. Mary’s believes that the reasons given for St. Mary’s closure do not correspond with the actual facts of the case.
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January 27, 2009
This is the translated brief to the Apostolic Signature, written by St. Mary’s Vatican advocate, Carlo Gullo. This brief outlines why St. Mary’s church should not be suppressed and reduced to profane use (used for purposes other than divine Catholic worship.)
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August 12, 2011
This is the translated "definitive sentence" from the Apostolic Signature. The definitive sentence contains the Signatura’s three-part ruling of the St. Mary’s case: first, the merger with Holy Cross is upheld; second, the church may not be deconsecrated; and third, the procedure followed by the Diocese to move St. Mary’s to be deconsecrated was done correctly on procedural ground. The second ruling is the most historic, as it is one of the first times the Vatican has sided with a parishioner group on the grounds of merit.
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October 18, 2011
This is a translation of the first motion of execution St. Mary’s filed, asking the Vatican to encourage the Diocese of Syracuse to follow through with the definitive sentence issued in August 2011.
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This is a translation of the second Vatican decree (the first was issued in May 2011) that states that St. Mary’s must remain open as a place of divine worship. That the Vatican issued two decrees is a sign of the importance of St. Mary’s case.
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