After a hotly debated decision-making process, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski says it came down to cost.
Over 60 western Massachusetts parishes have shut down since 2000, as church attendance declined. Last week, a Vatican court ruled the diocese can de-consecrate and sell two churches in the region.
Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno says the city held up its part of the bargain, and expects the diocese to reopen school at old site on Surrey Road.
Bishop Rozanski says he will make a decision on plan addressing the future of the tornado-damaged school by mid-February
Catholics in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties are getting a new bishop Tuesday. Mitchell Rozanski of Baltimore takes over from retiring Bishop Timothy McDonnell.
A Williamstown, Massachusetts man has reached a half a million dollar settlement with two former bishops of the Springfield Catholic Diocese.
A federal district court judge in Springfield, Massachusetts has denied a request by the Roman Catholic Diocese to stop the city from enacting a historic district around its former church. WFCR’s Karen Brown reports.