Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cleveland Scene Reason #11

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December 26, 2012 
13 Reasons 2012 Was Cleveland's Best Year Ever
It was grand, it's over, and it's worth celebrating

by Eric Sandy and Vince Grzegorek

11. We Won an Unprecedented Appeal Over the Vatican and Got Our Churches Reopened

After Bishop Richard Lennon closed 50 churches in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in 2009 and 2010, parishioners built up a strong case against his actions in papal court, which is more like Judge Joe Brown than you'd guess.

With the help of strong representation and a virulent Cleveland base, the Vatican overturned the initial decision and sent over a monumental decree to Lennon.

In April of this year, the bishop was forced to concede the appeal - as half-assedly as possible - and eventually agreed to reopen 12 parishes.

Bishop Richard Lennon stalled the matter as long as he could, stoking the ire of parishioners across the region. In the end, however, doors were opened and Mass was celebrated once again and Lennon was left to do something other than f*** with Cleveland's faithful.

It was a joyous moment (or long, drawn-out series of moments) for Cleveland Catholics. And like our city's other forays into spirituality -- like shotgunning PBRs in the Muni Lot or getting high at Blossom -- the Vatican appeal shows how our region is pushing the envelope across cultural lines.

Boston activist Peter Borre called the appeal "unprecedented for Catholic America." And he was right. This tidal wave of support for the common parishioner has rarely been seen.

*** there has been an edit, in print there were three letters in place

1 comment:

  1. a voice from the rustbeltJanuary 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    concerning #11: Yes. There are people that will dislike a verb used, but the analysis is precisely correct. Perhaps, only in the alternative press can such truthful statements be publicly in view. Although, the local press covered several episodes of the greater story, said press (and especially management) are loathe not to mollify [and rebut] every blunt truth in order not to embarrass the establishment. The establishment of the local Catholic Church is the bishop. One person does not outweigh the Body of the Faithful; but he does have his automatic, reflexive defenders, some with special interests and agendas. So, it is superb to see #11 told and published.